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Whatcom teens explore the trades

County identified as 'skill center desert'

A student is hunched over his welding project with the right protective gear on.
Blaine High School senior Trevor Goltz welds March 21 at the Meridian High School shop through Northwest Career and Technical Academy's course. The program is available to students in Whatcom County, and Meridian is planning to build a larger skill center to meet the needs of students interested in the trades. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Hailey Hoffman Visual Journalist
Around the country, alarm bells have sounded over skilled labor shortages. In Washington state, offi

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