As Jobs Grow Hard to Fill, Businesses Join the Drive to Push Rural Residents Toward College
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report
It's a common refrain in the United States: Companies need more people with postsecondary credentials but struggle to find them. In rural communities in particular, where generations of Americans could once get good jobs with just a high school diploma, employees in many types of industries now need further education.
The Chemours chemical plant in Tennessee is experiencing this talent shortage firsthand. In response, Chemours and nine other area manufacturers have struck a partnership with Nashville State Community College's Humphreys County campus to train and certify factory workers, creating a new employee pipeline from scratch. Graduates, who receive an associate degree in industrial process or mechanical maintenance technology, can expect to earn around $60,000 annually within a few years.