OK~ Boy, did this article catch my attention today. Have you seen this one? Is rural America a thing of the past? The data shared in this article is somewhat shocking, when I see it in all of these colors. The area I live in is pink and red, which is declining and accelerated declining.
So, one has to ask, "Where is everyone going?" It appears that many are leaving due to jobs. When in fact, every single day I read in our local newspaper, and on social media websites that folks in our area are hiring. Many of these jobs are labor oriented, they do not require a college degree, though some do require one.
Our boys graduated from high school in 2009 and 2013. All we heard from 6th grade on was, "What college will they attend?" It seems that our society got caught up in the saying that all kids need a four year degree. Four year college degrees or more are fabulous to have, but they are not a guarantee for a job in a particular field. Our kids need to realize that life does not go as planned. I have said it many times, my path looks like this: A to C, Y to N, and H to B- life is full about making adjustments and moving forward!
It appears that we have a crisis in our area. Employers are not finding fully qualified, employable individuals. This means applicants may have to have some type of specific training to fill a job. An example may be a welding certificate, auto repair certificate, and the like. Many of these jobs involve manual labor.
On the other hand, when I go online to seek out jobs with our soon to be 19 year old I do see that many of these positions require 5-10 years of experience. Would someone enlighten me as to how a 19 year old with a specific certificate is supposed to get one of those jobs? It appears to me that employers are going to have to realize that they may need to train younger people if they want to employee people that can fill their jobs.
Rural America is my home and I don't think it is fair to say it is a thing of the past. I think it is fair to say that it is changing. Change happens daily, it's called life! This view- this is what Rural America is about... What do you see when you see a picture like this?
Do you see a field that will provide food for families all across the world? I also see a driveway that offers access to the farmer's field. Quiet, clean air, and a way of life I am proud to know! Do you know this way of life in Rural America? In my opinion, it's still alive and well! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?