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Old 08-22-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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Southern governors in Asheville learn South lags in middle-skills workers | The Asheville Citizen-Times | citizen-times.com

This backs up what I've been saying about NC in general and the East NC in particular about lack of jobs or there only being low paying service jobs. There is not so much a shortage of jobs but a shortage of people to qualified to feel these jobs. Anecdotally, you can see this in the amount of people who are either moviing, being transferred, or being offered employment in Eastern NC because of the lack of local people that qualify for the jobs. These are jobs with salary ranges of 50-75K accroding to the article.

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At Sunday’s session, the National Skills Coalition released a new study saying the south has a shortage in workers qualified for so-called “middle skills” jobs, such as electricians, nursing aides and computer support specialists.
In North Carolina, for example, 51 percent of available jobs fall into the middle skills category, while only 43 percent of job seekers are qualified, said the report by the coalition of employers, unions, educators and others.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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“There is a lot of bright, creative work going on in a region of the country that has affordable labor, the cheapest power and electricity in the country, and the largest quadrant of really highly educated people,” Perdue said.

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Old 08-22-2011, 11:40 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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“There is a lot of bright, creative work going on in a region of the country that has affordable labor, the cheapest power and electricity in the country, and the largest quadrant of really highly educated people,” Perdue said.
Being strong with one of the two classes of worker does not preclude being weak with the other.

The referenced statement "the south has a shortage in workers qualified for so-called “middle skills” jobs" absolutely rings true in my own experience.

(That doesn't mean it isn't also true in other areas of the country)
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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Being strong with one of the two classes of worker does not preclude being weak with the other.

The referenced statement "the south has a shortage in workers qualified for so-called “middle skills” jobs" absolutely rings true in my own experience.

(That doesn't mean it isn't also true in other areas of the country)
I found it ironic that her statement displayed her mediocre language skills, by using "really" as an intensifier when calling them "really highly educated people." I'm also puzzled by how these people form a "quadrant."

i would not normally point out minor mistakes, but she be talkin bout how smart we is.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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I do not think we lack them because of the lack of ability. Think it is due to the working history of the south. Textiles, farming and other low wage manufacturing jobs that back in the day did not require such people. Now, even those jobs have been sent overseas and the factories were never updated. So the need for training a workforce that can do those jobs will take time.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Think it is due to the working history of the south.
Focus on this thought for a while.
(I agree with the point btw)

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Now, even those jobs have been sent overseas and the factories were never updated.
We're getting warmer...

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So the need for training a workforce that can do those jobs will take time.
Now the Q:
What entity has traditionally (elsewhere at least) been most closely associated with organized training for technical job skills?
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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Unions? I'll pass!
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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Now the Q:
What entity has traditionally (elsewhere at least) been most closely associated with organized training for technical job skills?
community college or tech school.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I found it ironic that her statement displayed her mediocre language skills, by using "really" as an intensifier when calling them "really highly educated people." I'm also puzzled by how these people form a "quadrant."

i would not normally point out minor mistakes, but she be talkin bout how smart we is.
I read really highly educated as being the same as very highly educated. Since a lot of jobs that fall into this category require continuing education to keep abreast with changes in technology, it would be true. They might not be holding a masters or doctorate, but they are highly educated in their field. Just my take on it. . .
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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I read really highly educated as being the same as very highly educated.
Its proper definition is similar to the word "actually."

Using it to mean "very" is part of our vernacular, but it isn't how the word should be used.
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