Colorado community colleges are asking the legislature to allow four-year nursing schools at some new locations. We currently have four-year degree programs for nurses, mainly at CU, CSU, Regis and UNC.
There are many nursing-aid programs for less advanced students who wish to enter the healthcare field, such as at Denver’s famed Emily Griffith Opportunity School.
Dental hygiene is offered at some community colleges, and distant Rangely on the Utah border has produced many jobs in the metro area for dental hygienists who have taken the college’s a two-year program.
I think we need more nurses but would suggest that maybe the new programs be more compact so students attending full-time could complete a program in a two-year intense program.
President Trump in his address to Congress called for more vocational education in our school systems and vocational programs. We need this badly and Trump related how one of his high school friends was struggling in the classroom but could put a car engine together blindfolded.
We shouldn’t overlook the military for advanced training. The armed services have always been a great place to learn leadership, mechanics, aviation, supply operations and security.
Denver has a great vocational high school that is well attended and funded. They can even do auto-body repairs at the west Denver location. There are other vocational opportunities in Aurora with various programs, but they could use a boost in funding, marketing and recruiting of students who want jobs upon graduation.
In my old ranching days, I took a year of welding at Moffat County High School and I burned up hundreds of welding rods during the year. I could vertical-weld and run a fine bead on all sorts of metal. My father was so pleased he purchased a Forney welder for the ranch and I repaired broken farm machinery during my college years. There is something good about working with tools and repairing equipment, not to mention nurses helping repair bodies.
Years later on the UNC Trustee board, I fought for UNC to keep the vocational school that it ultimately closed for lack of interest and funding. My fight made the UNC history books. They also closed their Lab School in tough budget times.
Well, maybe it is time for the legislature to bring back more vocational education, and they can start with providing more nursing programs on a statewide basis. The new VA hospital will need hundreds of nurses when the facility eventually opens in Aurora.
The old CCC, Civilian Conservation Corp, was started during the Depression and it formed work brigades for unemployed men to work on construction projects. Some of these old construction projects from the 1930s still stand around Colorado. Historian Tom Noel would know where, and the details.
Trump also outlined releasing prisoners who are worthy of a second chance in life with new programs. These might be organized with the Trump’s agenda for new highways and bridges, where we could release prisoners for construction jobs as part of their rehabilitation.
How ironic that we need deserving Mexican workers from both sides of the wall to do the heavy lifting for new infrastructure projects.
Part of the immigration talks should include having a much easier and faster way for workers to obtain legal visas and entry into the United States. This system is broken and presently it can take years for folks to enter the United States legally.
One of the challenges is that many workers entering on a work permit never returned to their homeland and built a new life here.
People like to live and work in America and we need them.
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