No Verde Valley High School students at CTEC in line worker program–or any program
Over 200 high school students in the Prescott area are estimated to enroll this fall in vocational training classes at the Prescott CTEC campus. Some of them will seek an electric line worker certificate. Almost immediately after completing the two-year course, they will be hired at a lucrative beginning salary. Sad to say that not a single Verde Valley high school student will be enrolled at CTEC this fall.
Why the difference between the West and East sides of the County? The reason is that the distance to travel from the Verde Valley to the CTEC campus is too great and sometimes too dangerous with ice covered roads in the winter on 89A over Mingus mountain. It is also too time-consuming for most with round trips taking three or more hours. Furthermore, there is no public or private bus transportation available. This is another reason why vocational training facilities should be built in the Verde Valley.