Telecom Jobs Stable In An Unstable Economy
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NVC Sponsors Local Shoot For Loot / Popcorn Night Blood Drive Austin Walz won $25 at the Shoot For Loot contest NVC hosted held on Feb. 17 at the Aberdeen Central girls basketball a “Give a Pint, game. Pictured with Austin is NVC customer service Get a Foot” representative Stacy Weismantel. The company donated blood drive on $500 to the school for hosting the contest. February 27th Vol. 6 April 2009 No. 4 from 1pm-5pm at their ofﬁce in Telecom Jobs Stable In An Unstable Economy Aberdeen. All While the economy is forcing many consumers to make retirement will be nearly 30% over the next 10 years. This donors received sacriﬁces in order to save a few bucks, the demand for expected decline in the number of trained telecom employ- a $10 gift card telecommunications-related services is expected to remain ees working in South Dakota has spurred SDATC/SDTA to Subway. steady. According to a recent to partner with Mitchell Techni- Among those survey conducted by BIGresearch cal Institute to inform and recruit participating for STORES magazine, an over- students into telecom training were nine peo- whelming majority of Americans programs. Brandon Grismer was one of the people ple donating for said that Internet (81%), cell Mitchell Tech has a 40-year donating blood for the ﬁrst time. the ﬁrst time. phone (64%), and cable television history in educating skilled techni- “We are so thrilled to be partnering with NVC for this (61%) are services they cannot do cians, historically in electronics blood drive,” said Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, donor recruit- Also that night, NVC bought popcorn for the fans without. and then, as technology advanced, ment representative for United Blood Services. “Be- during the 2nd quarter of the game. The free popcorn Where there’s demand for tech- in Telecommunications and Com- sides the great gift cards from Subway, they held this resulted in a $120 donation from NVC for the con- nology-based services, there’s puter Systems programs. Students drive during a critical time for the blood supply, which cession stand. Pictured below is NVC marketing demand for technology-trained entering a telecommunications often suffers during the winter months. Regardless of coordinator Stacy Oliver with Sheryl Schoenfelder, employees, and that makes pursu- or data networking program at the time of year, the need for blood never goes away concessions manager. ing a telecom technologies or Mitchell Tech will ﬁnd a myriad and we want to thank NVC for hosting this event.” data networking degree a smart Students at MTI get lots of hands-on experiences of experiences that will help them To donate blood, volunteers must be 16 years old or including work with a variety of equipment. choice for the upcoming crop of prepare for a stable career with a older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. South Dakota high school gradu- good future. To make an appointment, go to www.unitedbloodser- ates. A recent wage survey of 2003- vices.org or call 225-7732. While the demand for telecom- and-later Mitchell Tech graduates munications workers remains shows that after three to ﬁve years Visit the NVC Booth at the constant, the number of trained of employment with a telecom- Home Builder’s Show workers in the industry is expect- ed to decrease due to the maturity munications company, 50% of Telecommunications and Computer Aberdeen Ice Arena of the current telecommunications Systems graduates are earning Sat., April 4 - 10am-5pm workforce in South Dakota and $40,000-plus annually. Sun., April 5 - 11am-4pm across the nation. Telecommunications is vital in Hosted by the Aberdeen Home Builders Association, A recent SDATC (South Dakota Association of Tele- the 21st century. Graduates are in high demand and will you’ll ﬁnd the best in design, building, landscaping, phone Cooperatives) survey showed that 6.2% of outside ﬁnd professional and personal success. For more informa- decorating and furnishing ideas under one roof at the plant, central ofﬁce, IT, Internet, computer, and network- tion, contact Mitchell Tech at 1-800-684-1969 or visit their 7th Annual Home Builder’s Show! A great show for ing technicians and supervisors currently working for website at mitchelltech.com. anyone looking for home improvement ideas or new SDATC member companies plan to retire in 2009. By the Numerous scholarships are available to telecom technolo- 2211 8th Ave NE Suite 1101 end of 2014 another 16.2% of these workers expect to construction...you’ll ﬁnd ideas for all your projects, gies students, including the SDATC Memorial Scholarship. Aberdeen, SD 57401 www.nvc.net large or small! 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