DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama’s unemployment numbers have dropped.
As help wanted signs color the Wiregrass, one industry is overlooked and that’s know as trade jobs.
Director of Workforce Development Joe Johnson at Wallace Community College explained how careers known as trade jobs, are in high demand.
“Four-year degrees have obviously been pushed but anywhere from a two-year degree, associate’s degree, you know even down to short term training or certifications really prepare an individual to go work in the workplace,” Johnson said.
At Wallace, their hands on simulation trade programs gives students this opportunity. It provides them with several programs to choose from.
“We have wielding, air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical technology, automotive, industrial maintenance, I mean we have training from anywhere to four weeks to forty weeks long,” Johnson said.
Plus, interactive labs for dental, CNA’s and optic training. Johnson said these are the types of trade jobs that are growing.
He explained how jobs like these, along with HVAC technicians or electricians tend to pay more than non-trade jobs.
“We’re just here to help meet the community and the region workforce need and obviously help our business and industry partners,” Johnson said.
Students in the program work with mimicked situations that they would see in the real world. Wallace connects students with industry partners to get them better prepared.
“It allows us to pass that training applicable on to our students, which again it really ensures they’re really prepared when they transition to the workforce,” Johnson said.
He encourages people to look into trade jobs and the benefits they offer.