North Coast trade academy looks to expand

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In an effort to increase the number of skilled trade workers, the Humboldt County Office of Education is getting students connected with contractors.

According to the department’s trade school, there is a shortage of workers nationwide. It’s being called the “skills gap” where the current generation is getting ready to retire and there is no one to fill the shoes. For a little over a year, North Coast students have been invited to visit job sites and learn basic skills as part of the trade academy. A member of the academy, says now is the time for businesses to get involved.

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A plan to see the program expanded is currently in the works.