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Skilled To Work

There are great paying jobs doing important work that are going unfilled. Skilled to Work is a WAAY 31 initiative to educate the community about a nationwide shortage of workers in the skilled trades.

Too many parents and children think that the only way to get a viable career is by earning a 4-year college degree. The skilled trades also offer great benefits and retirement packages. Many of them only require two year degrees, certification programs, training programs, or apprenticeships.

As workers retire, companies are struggling to find enough qualified employees to replace them. There is a desperate need to solve the problem. We want to help change the conversation from being college-ready to being career-ready.

Every Thursday at 5 & 10 p.m. WAAY 31 News will bring you stories about jobs and what it takes to get them, what unique things companies are doing to recruit, and the critical role the skilled trades play in our community.

Check back at this page for opportunities and resources that can help you get Skilled to Work!

Skilled To Work Stories

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Skilled to Work: High school students tour future home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas

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Skilled to Work: Father, sons graduate together from Huntsville welding program

Image for Skilled to Work: Legislature approves bill bringing Alabama into Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact
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Skilled to Work: Legislature approves bill bringing Alabama into Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact

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Skilled to Work: Construction firm pushes other companies to invest in youth

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Skilled to Work: Nursing students use medical skills in Kenya

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Skilled to Work: Physical therapy assistants are in high demand and offer the chance to help people

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Skilled to Work: New study suggests education changes to help grow the auto sector in the South

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Skilled to Work: Veterans use service experience to transition into the skilled trades

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Skilled to Work: Dozens of veterans, transitioning military members seek new jobs at career fair

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Skilled to Work: Job fair aims to bring veterans, military spouses into workforce

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Skilled to Work: Local welder uses experience to help students

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Skilled to Work: New advanced manufacturing course prepares students for growing industry demand

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Skilled to Work: "Tiger Launch" offers apprenticeship-style experience to high school students

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Skilled to Work: More than 200 high school students explore FAME program

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Skilled to Work: Alabama expands FAME program to three additional community colleges

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Skilled To Work: Huntsville/Madison County Chamber job fair helps hundreds

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Skilled To Work: Rocket City chapter of FAME program unveils new Advanced Manufacturing Facility

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Skilled to Work: Huntsville high schoolers commit to filling gaps in the job market

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Skilled to Work: Dozens of jobs added to support new manufacturing building at Teledyne Brown Engineering

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Skilled to Work: Second Chance Job Fair in Huntsville is less than a week away

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Skilled to Work: Expanded aviation program aims to bolster the workforce

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Skilled to Work: Workforce program coming to Priceville, officials say

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Skilled to Work: Second Chance Job Fairs aim to connect underemployed and parolees to available jobs

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Seminar series prepares people for upcoming job fairs

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Mazda Toyota Manufacturing officials tour Limestone Career Technical Center

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Skilled to Work: Thousands of registered nurses are needed in Alabama

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Skilled to Work: FAME program places students in high demand manufacturing jobs

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Skilled to Work: Tax credit helps expand apprenticeships in Alabama

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Toyota Manufacturing donates 10 engines to local career tech

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Skilled to Work: Huntsville, state construction firms have trouble finding employees

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Huntsville church offering free workforce development training

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Huntsville City Schools partner with Auburn University, NASA on additive manufacturing program

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$2 million federal grant awarded to Wallace State

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Morgan County educators explore careers for students

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Local college gears people to train for manufacturing jobs

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College program partners with local plants: Could Toyota-Mazda be next?