The U.S. has lost one-third of its manufacturing base due to downsizing or jobs moving overseas or a number of other reasons in the last 10 years. Returning local control to the districts could potentially allow for everyone to get the education they need with everyone having the same basics. Understanding that students learn differently and that a hands-on approach to skill training is so important to continuing and improving manufacturing success, Pauken said.
Pauken said a student at Texas State Technical College with an associate degree can start at a petrochemical company at $68,000 a year. A welding student with proper certification at a reputable institution can begin at $1,700 a week, as the average age of welders is now 55.
What would also assist in getting businesses back is the total overhaul of the tax system, Pauken said. American goods, such as vehicles are beng taxed at almost 20 percent in Europe while the same is not happening here, Pauken said.
“We need to have American goods be able to play on a level playing field around the world,” Pauken said. “that way, Texas can continue to lead the way for businesses on the right track.”