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'I feel like I hit the jackpot': Taking on the Workforce Crisis with TCP

The Challenge Program Inc. (TCP) partners with businesses that want to transform the scary part of career exploration for students into something enjoyable and beneficial. These businesses that come to the table play a vital role in not only helping their companies thrive, but in aiding the fight against the “workforce crisis.”

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Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care.

Automotive Master  Mechanic

Automotive Master Mechanic

Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles.

Software Developer, Applications

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs.

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Workforce Spotlight

Millennials to Benefit from the Loss of Skilled Tradesmen

The recession, an aging workforce, and an increasing emphasis on high tech jobs have produced a shortage of skilled workers, particularly those in trades that require special training and certification. It is estimated that about 1 million skilled workers were fired or laid off during the recession, a number that still hasn’t been replaced. The National Electrical Contractors Association reports that approximately 10,000 electricians retire each year, with only an estimated 7,000 available to fill those positions - plumbers, carpenters, welders and other skilled trades face similar gaps, creating a potentially dangerous shortfall of qualified employees to replace workers who are retiring from skilled trade jobs.

Student Success Stories

Katherine Muhlenkamp
Katherine Muhlenkamp
Katherine's Story

Katherine Muhlenkamp comes from a family who believes in the value of hard work, and the value of saving for the future — hence her reason for applying for the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethics Scholarship. She admits that when thinking of her plans post high school, she wasn’t really all that interested in attending a four year college but knew one thing — she wanted to parlay the science and math she learned in the classroom into a future career. She is enrolled at Triangle Tech in the study of Maintenance Electricity. “Right now, my plan is to work as a residential electrician,” she said,...

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