Technical colleges see increase in enrollment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -More and more technical colleges are seeing an increase in the number of students enrolling. Miller-Motte Technical College in Madison had a record number of 500 students sign up for classes this year. 

At the school, students get hands on experience in areas of study such as cosmetology and welding. Nikki England is the campus director of the technical college. 

"Employers need you to do something for them these days and the job market that have a four-year degree that don't really have hands on training and that's what our school provides and that's what these trade programs do," she said. 

According to England one of the most popular programs offered at the campus is welding. 

Sherman Broxton is among those students working to earn his welding degree. 

"They really aren't doing any hiring without the certifications and I've obtained 3 certifications since I've been here so that's what I'm after," Broxton said. 

Student Nathan Wise added, "After I'm done they're going to help me with my job placement and where I'm going in life, a lifetime job placement and I'm looking forward to graduating."

England said the school is dedicated to training students in the skills they will need in the future. 

"I visited a chamber, the Nashville Chamber last week and they were talking about Nashville being one of the cities that will grow over the next 10 years and with growth comes building and specifically that's what we train the majority of our students to do," she said. 

The cost to obtain a certificate or degree is in line with the department of education guidelines.


Reported By John Dwyer, Anchor for WKRN-TV

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