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Monday, 22 March 2021 21:12

LCCC in Wyoming Closes Auto Body Repair Program, Highlighting Worker Pipeline Concerns

Written by Kathryn Palmer, Wyoming Tribune Eagle
Laramie County Community College auto tech student Jacob Krause explodes an airbag during Pathways Day on March 4, 2020, at LCCC in Cheyenne. Laramie County Community College auto tech student Jacob Krause explodes an airbag during Pathways Day on March 4, 2020, at LCCC in Cheyenne. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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...keeping the people who know what to do and how to do it,” he said. “If we want to reduce government, in my view, we can only do it with motivated people who know how to do their jobs.”

 

On a more granular level, the closure of LCCC’s auto body repair program will shift the burden of growing an already limited workforce onto local businesses like the one Bartlett manages.

 

Students who graduate from a program like LCCC’s come out with industry certifications, which is something Bartlett’s shop---and the handful of others in town---haven’t had to pay for.

 

“Now, we’re forced to just find people with zero experience who have never been through a class or program and just hope they fit the mold when we train them ourselves,” he said. “You’re talking time, as well as the cost for the training, to get them up to the same level as students would be when they graduate.”

 

We thank the Wyoming Tribune Eagle for reprint permission. 

 

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