A Look Back - “They want to stay but... Post-secondary students say area needs ‘jump start’ - Shenandoah Evening Herald 2-27-92
Editor’s Note: The following is the first in a daily series featuring news articles from northern Schuylkill County’s former newspapers, the Evening Herald of Shenandoah, the Record American of Mahanoy City, and The Ashland Daily News. This series is intended to serve as a historical look back at the daily news and events in our region’s past.
By John E. Usalis / Herald Writer
MAHANOY CITY - While elected officials, top-level bureaucrats, industrial magnates, and business leaders may appear to be the movers and shakers in that great thing called “The World,” it is actually the butcher, the baker and candlestick maker, along with the health professional, factory worker, and truck driver, who have the final say as to how “The World” turns, economically and socially.
That fact remains the same in Schuylkill County, and if a recent survey of post-secondary students is any indication, Schuylkill County needs a jump start to get it turning, and it needs it now!
In order to gauge the economic situation of the county from the outlook of county residents, a written survey was prepared and given to those who are either preparing for their first entry into the work-a-day world, or those training for a new career, in local vocational training schools, since the economy of the region will most likely determine whether they will become part of the local workforce, or if they, like so many others, will become additional numbers in out-migration statistics.
Thanks to the generous cooperation of both McCann School of Business in Mahanoy City and the Schuylkill Training and Technology Center (STTC) near Frackville, 33 completed questionnaires were returned from the McCann “Written Communications” course (encompassing students from many majors) and Schuylkill Training’s “Electromechanical Technology” course.
A look at the answers of students who ranged in age from 18 to 48 does not paint a rosy picture of Schuylkill County. According to the surveyance, Schuylkill is a county with a major need for better-paying jobs, more career opportunities, and a vision to the future. Many don’t expect to stay after their training ends.
On the other hand, most of the respondents, if they have the opportunity, would love to stay in the area, citing familial and personal security reasons.
Below are the questions asked in the survey, with some representative answers from those who took the time to respond: