|Published: 9:24 AM, 03/18/2013
Author: Tommy Wilson
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Recently, I have been in meetings in
Monroe and McMinn county with those responsible for business and
industrial development. Most businesses shared their disappointment
in the level of education and training of local applicants. That is a
shame in a county reporting an unemployment level at 9 percent now
and 19 percent in the last three years. I have had some people tell
me it is not something we should share outside the offices of local
government. First, remember who told us this was a problem; business
and industry told us this is a problem. It was not a secret and it
should not be a secret.
There is more than one solution and it
all has to do with the opportunities offered right here in this area.
The best one I can think of is Hiwassee College and now that they
have lowered their tuition, it makes that institution one of the best
educational buys in the region.
Hiwassee offers two- and four-year
degrees in a variety of fields. This is something parents of Monroe
County students should take advantage of, especially when one
considers the savings area students gain because they can attend
Hiwassee and live at home.
If you, as a parent, want to insure
your child has an opportunity to get a quality education and a more
secure future, Hiwassee is a wonderful start to that better life.
I did the same thing for my daughter in
the early 1990's by having her attend Hiwassee to earn two
associate degrees. Her life was enriched and her earning power was
well established through that education.
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