What if all of the tax-funded building projects in Bellingham’s schools over the next few years included apprenticeships for high school students, community college students and others interested in working in the trades? Opportunities could be opened up to future electricians, carpenters, plumbers, masons, sheet metal workers and other professions.
There is a shortage of qualified workers in the trades. Our current education system offers very limited opportunities for students interested in pursuing these careers that provide good incomes and make essential contributions to our social well being. This approach would encourage schools to develop new programs that could be integrated with meaningful work and meaningful contributions to our society.
I would like to know that my tax dollars were not only improving the physical environment of our schools, but also offering significant educational and career opportunities to young people in our community.