Selma needs a skilled workforce

Published 11:20pm Friday, October 14, 2011

Dear editor,

If you ask someone on the streets of Selma/Dallas County, why most major industries have not come to the area, most will point to the governing bodies of the areas. That is far from the truth.  One of the biggest things that keep industry out of an area is the availability of a trained workforce. Local government does not control this.

Most industries have already moved or are moving towards high-tech or automation.  If the workforce does not have these skills, these companies will look elsewhere to locate their businesses. Therefore, it’s up to each citizen to educate themselves in these areas.  Government cannot do this.

We have three institutions of higher education in this area. It’s my hope that these institutions will continue developing programs related to these areas. I understand that it may be difficult to develop programs when there appears to be no immediate need.  However, we must look to the future.

I am not suggesting that having a trained workforce will bring industry into the area.  There are several other areas that are reviewed by these companies to determine where to place their businesses. Most of these areas are controlled by the people, and not the government; areas such as schools, public safety, quality of life, etc. Therefore, we as citizens must get involved and do our part. Maybe more of our college graduates will return if there are more professional jobs. Let’s prepare for the future.

Joe Bumbrey

Chairperson, Selma Area Community Relations Committee

  • Scooba81

    Selma needs a drug free workforce. It is a fact that part of the reason that the unemployment rate is so high in this area is not because there are no jobs, or that people are unmskilled or incapable of doing the jobs. They simply can’t pass a simple drug test. Until we stop rewarding this behavior with taxpayer dollars, it will not stop.

  • popdukes12

    A college graduate friend of mine returned to Selma six months ago. They bought a nice home in a historic section of Selma. They have had their plants stolen, shots fired a half block from their house, a street fight in view of the house, loud music and auto noise coming by the house, and they have to take a scenic route to get to their home. If you want quality people, you must provide an enviroment for quality people. pops

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