Story by John Emeigh
BUTTE – Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney stopped in Butte to push the administration’s message of encouraging more young people to learn a trade.
Cooney visited Highlands College and toured the auto mechanics school and learned how students can take this two-year course to become a certified mechanic.
Cooney said many employers across the state are complaining about a lack of skilled trade laborers in the workforce and programs like this can often lead to good jobs.
“Really encourage people, younger people, to think about if they like working with their hands, if they like to work on cars or pieces of equipment, whatever, there’s opportunity and it’s very good opportunity. You can make a very good living this way,” Cooney said.
This was part of a tour of schools and learning facilities around the state that Cooney and Gov. Steve Bullock are doing this week.