CITY, ND – (NewsDakota.com) Recent budget cuts to career and technical education programs have some people in North Dakota worried about potential shortage of skilled workers in the state. The state’s economic downturn is caused partially by plummeting oil prices resulting in tax revenue shortfalls.
Executive Director of the ND Association for Career and Technical Education Rick Ross said the state still has 10,000 unfilled jobs and 70 percent of them require trade skills.
Jarrod Nagurka is the Advocacy and Public Affairs manager for the Association for Career and Technical Education. He and Ross toured the state recently to educate the public about how these cuts will affect career and technical education in the state.
Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Technology Center Director Jeff Bopp talked about how the facility will handle cuts in reimbursement rates. He said no jobs will be cut at the Valley City school.
Bopp said the Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Technology Center in Valley City will be celebrating it’s 40th year of operation at their current location in Valley City.