Northern Nevada will be getting some national attention this weekend when 60 Minutes shines the spotlight on the local job market.
The weekly news program is taking a look at the "skills gap," which happens when companies are hiring, but the applicants don't have the skills to do the available jobs. 60 Minutes reporter Byron Pitts took a tour of Click Bond, a factory in Carson City that makes aircraft parts. It is a growing industry, but despite our record number of unemployed Nevadans, Click Bond is having issues finding skilled workers.
"We're still technically a small business, but we're growing quickly," Click Bond Executive Karl Hutter told Pitts during a tour of the factory. "We are hiring and we need to find good people, and that's really where the challenge is these days."
That's where Truckee Meadows Community College comes in. They started a program to educate the type of employees that Click Bond is looking for.
TMCC professor Kelly Oswald gave KTVN a tour of their manufacturing lab in east Reno. There, students make parts for nearly any type of industry, from automotive to medical. Oswald said manufacturing machines like theirs are becoming more and more common in shops around the nation, but the people who can run them are not. Since these skills are in such high demand right now, students who learn there have a fast track to employment.
"You get to see them take ownership of that information, and see that it's something they're going to be able to use, and they can move on and apply it," Oswald said. "It is a wonderful feeling."
The full story featuring Click Bond and TMCC airs on 60 Minutes Sunday, November 10 at 7 PM, only on Channel 2.
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