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Local schools seek solutions to America’s ‘trades deficit’

America is suffering a trades deficit. While the problem of fewer skilled workers entering the labor pool is not new, it is reaching a critical point. Data collected by staffing expert ManpowerGroup estimates that approximately 60 percent of all skilled laborers – defined as welders, electricians and machinists – are age 45 and older. In as little as five to 10 years, retirement and natural attrition could leave the country wanting unless local schools and others step in. Rockwood and Parkway are doing just that. Both local districts have expanded their technology and engineering course offerings at the high school ...

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