Conservative values are rooted in a flourishing capitalistic economy with minimal government meandering. Manufacturing has absorbed an excessive amount of outsourcing over the last several decades. As cheaper options became available internationally, more jobs in America are lost to international bidders, and the American workforce must adapt to the new globalized economy.
To keep the economy moving forward, many of the American workers who have been laid off due to outsourcing must be retrained. Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) is staying at the forefront of technology by educating women for careers in technical fields. Females seeking positions in the building crafts (HVAC) and technician energy careers (solar energy) are challenged to find employment without previous experience.
To address this problem, female Red Rocks students in the building crafts and energy technician programs will complete in-lab internships that provide strong hands-on experience in the following aspects of the technical industries: technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology and health and safety issues.
The ENY/HVAC departments at Red Rocks were awarded a Perkins Workforce Gender Balance mini-grant in October of 2012. The mini-grant is titled New Frontiers: Women Powering Colorado’s Technical Workforce. Major outreach programs by the college are predefined strategies of the funding and RRCC is working to reach out to over 800 eleventh and twelfth grade female high school students in Colorado.
Female leaders in the technical trades are slotted to appear at speaking engagements at the college. A large part of getting America back-to-work is education, workers must realize that many careers that were available 10 years ago have been moved overseas, and outsourcing has become a reality in this country.
On July 11, 2011, an article on Forbes.com illustrated that many on the left have continued to confuse the outsourcing debate by creating straw-men and skewing statistics to pervert the meaning.
Conservative values must evolve with the times and stand strong against misrepresentations in the outsourcing debate. The left, as usual, is not proposing constructive solutions as much at the narrative will continue failed policies.
Fighting to bring low-paying manufacturing jobs back to America holds no value. Either the nation’s workers will not accept lower pay rates, or the cost of goods will go up and drive companies out of business to satisfy manufacturing costs in the states. Made in America means higher quality products but it also means a higher cost to manufacture the products.
Innovation and conservative values make this nation great. Fighting to bring back the old serves no purpose, the international markets are established, and above all... competition is king. Innovative ideas like New Frontiers: Women Powering Colorado’s Technical Workforce will continue to strengthen America and keep our workforce employed with sustainable and viable careers.
Local residents are encouraged to attend the speakers series hosted on the Red Rocks Lakewood, CO campus. The speaking engagements were designed to inspire women interested in entering technical fields. The remaining dates in the speaker series are as follows;
- March 12, 2013 - Angie Rubeck (pictured above), HR manager at MTech, will be discussing careers in Mechanical Trades.
- April 17, 2013 - Jennifer Beech, co-owner of Starfire Energy, will be talking about her career as a small business owner who designs, installs, and troubleshoots photovoltaic and solar thermal systems.
- April 30, 2013 - Susie Strife, City of Boulder Sustainability Manager, will be focusing on energy auditing and efficiency work being done in the Boulder Energy Smart Program.
- May 7, 2013 - Marianne Ramos will be talking about her career as the Renewable Energy Representative to the Public Utilities Commission.
All speaking engagements are from 5-6 p.m. in the Red Fox Room #1105 at Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood campus. The engagements are free and open to the public.
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