New program at Burgard HS hopes to create more skilled workers

Posted at 3:37 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 18:34:39-05

There is a serious shortage of skilled workers in trades like welding, auto repair and machining.  A situation that was created by an aging workforce combined with lack of interest in those trades over the past few decades.

Many worry if the jobs are not filled by newer, qualified employees, it will be difficult for Buffalo and the nation to rebuild for the future.  

A new program at Burgard High School in Buffalo hopes to help change that.

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul joined with officials for a ribbon cutting at Burgard HS to highlight the Advanced Manufacturing Program.  The program was developed using $3.2 million from the Buffalo Billion Initiative.  The money purchased new equipment and allowed for expanded classroom space.

If students stay with the Advanced Manufacturing Program through grade 13, they can graduate with a degree from Alfred State College, which is a partner to Burgard HS.

So far, the program is very popular with students - especially young women who have excelled at skills like welding.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more in his reports.