My wife and I have enjoyed visiting your great city of Prescott for the last two weeks. We plan to return for another visit next winter.
I am a licensed master electrician in New Hampshire. The article in your paper today spoke of a trade school being shut down. This is also happening in New Hampshire. Being someone who went to a trade school after high school and then working my career in the electrical trade, I have experienced the need for the continuation of offering trade schools. A comment I have heard a lot is that high school guidance counselors promote four-year college rather than two-year, trade-school-type colleges. If that is correct, then whoever educates guidance counselors should be educating those counselors on the importance of trade school. In New Hampshire, the electrical apprenticeship is a four-year program. It takes a long time to learn any trade, and abolishing schools that teach the technical portion of this skill is going to come back to bite us once the economy is back on its feet.
There is nothing demeaning about being a tradesworker; rather, it is a craft that few are good at, like your very talented leather craft bootmaker Paul Kruse.
I taught electrical apprenticeship courses for four years and there is a real need for this, for not just electricians, but the other construction trades as well. People making those decisions about what to cut out of a budget should rethink the need of training for the construction trades and keep them open and better promoted.
Mark R. Lorden