1/23/2008

With Iowa's schools adding requirements that push more students to take college-preparatory coursework, the state may face a shortage of 150,000 trade workers within the next five years. "You can't get your plumbing fixed in China. If your car breaks down, you can't send it to Japan," said Julie Rosin, assistant director at a Des Moines schools program now offering career and technical courses. "These are local jobs."

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