Judy Steffes has this news in the West Bend Daily News yesterday.
Moraine Park expected to vote to suspend Building Trades Program
Later this month the Moraine Park Technical College Board of Directors is expected to consider the suspension of the Building Trades Construction Worker Program.
“The program had extremely low enrollments,” Pete Rettler, Dean of the West Bend campus, said. “We know employers are asking for employees; we need to figure a way to package the program and make it attractive for people who want to get into that field.”
Something is not right here. First, MPTC just dropped $2.9 million to expand their facility based largely on strong demand for this program. Now that it is built, the demand isn’t there. Someone’s projections were off.
Second, all of the builders in the area complain that there aren’t enough skilled workers for the building trades. These are great jobs with pay and benefits, but there just aren’t enough people to fill the jobs. If the demand is not there for MPTC, why not? Are we pushing too many kids into college to become unemployed 20-somethings with political science degrees instead of giving the trades their proper respect?