Letters to the editor

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Right now, parents and graduating high school students are trying to figure out what’s next, applying to college and worrying how to pay for it – and we want them to know that we have jobs available.

Thousands of companies like us need trained, skilled automotive and diesel technicians. These are high-tech jobs with good pay and all kinds of career opportunities, but outdated stereotypes and negative stigmas persist against work in the skilled trades.

In 2019, it’s time to recognize that a four-year degree is just one path to a good job. If your student loves hands-on learning and excels in STEM classes, you can encourage their interests by looking at quality technical schools with a track record of success. Universal Technical Institute is the leading provider of training for students preparing to become professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, marine, CNC machining and welding technicians, and they help fuel our business.

A recent career fair and open house held at UTI’s NASCAR Technical Institute campus in Mooresville gave us the opportunity to meet current and future students. Prospective students toured NASCAR Tech’s state-of-the-industry labs, explored career tracks, and learned about financial aid options – and it opened their eyes to the myriad possibilities after high school.

In an era in which college grads are struggling to find work and the American Dream seems out of reach, we can put our students on the path to success. To learn more, visit NASCAR Technical Institute’s website.

Lisa Whitney,

Corporate Ambassador

G&W Equipment, Inc.

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