Education – We need to work on a better educational system and we have the teaching staff to accomplish this feat. We need to address the high school dropout rates and high teenage pregnancies in our school systems. The educational system needs to keep the interest of the students on school excellence. We can do this by bringing back vocational courses that will teach students a trade interest they can use after high school. Not all students are college bound because of lack of funds or the high cost of tuitions but they can learn a trade and will be able to start on a career and be productive citizens in the panhandle. College courses can come later at one’s own pace at local Community Colleges.
Jobs – We need employment opportunities that will keep our graduating high school and college students in the Panhandle. These jobs need to have decent and fair living wages, vacation, sick leave and good health care benefits. The interest in local jobs comes from trades and classes learned in school. Current businesses and corporations will always need blue and white collar workers to design and build additions to current buildings, do electrical, plumbing and cleaning upkeep of these buildings. We can manufacture, erect and maintain the wind turbines going up locally and we can build the roads leading to all these employment opportunities.