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Enrollment climbs as tech classes move back to Malheur County schools

Vale High School student Miguel Ortiz uses a grinder in a welding class last week. Vocational programs, once offered at TVCC, have been moved back to area high schools, creating more student participation and graduates with certifications in specific skills such as welding. (The Enterprise/John L. Braese).

VALE – A move back to local high schools from Treasure Valley Community College for technical classes has resulted in a huge jump in students graduating with certifications, school officials report.

The certificates translate to jobs, many high paying and serving employers who are continually seeking such skills. For years, high school students wanting to learn nursing, welding or automated control systems boarded the bus in Vale, Nyssa and Ontario. They rode to the Treasure Valley Community College campus for classes. That all changed this year and the number of students taking the . . .