Young Professionals at a Premium in Rural Areas

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Sep. 24, 2012 12:00 am  

Rutland in Forrest City said the city was "blessed" to have East Arkansas Community College and Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute nearby.

"Getting good people who want work, with the ability, is an issue," he said. "I think our junior college here is doing a good job, our vo-tech is doing a good job, of getting those people who have the desire to re-educate themselves, to learn a trade, to go onto other things."

Beaty said banks should foster relationships with community colleges, which already often partner with local industry for recruiting purposes.

"Bankers need to work with those schools, even for our basic employees at the teller line, so once those skilled workers have that training, we have access to it," he said.



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