Recovery Leaving Least-Skilled Behind

Skills That Were An Advantage Before Now A Necessity

Posted: December 23, 2012 at 4:35 a.m.

Corbin Hulsizer adjusts the lifters on a diesel engine Dec. 12 at Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale. The program has a high placement rate and illustrates the area’s need for skilled labor, experts said.

Northwest Arkansas suffered economic downturns before 2008, but something changed with the latest bust and recovery, Marianne Haddock said.

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Foot Doc By Day, Hoof Doc By Night

John Werner, an instructor, watches Thursday as student Matt Hunnicutt of Berryville works on cleaning the hoof of a Clydesdale horse during a farrier’s class at the Wildcat Horse Center in Springdale. The class is one of Northwest Technical Institute’s longest-running community education classes.

There aren’t many people qualified to work on the feet of both humans and horses. Read »