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Though many millennials and Gen-Z youth distantly recall their grandparents, especially grandfathers, working in skilled trades such as carpentry, electricity, and fabrication, the pipeline to replenish a rapidly retiring workforce is largely lacking. Workforce development, as shown time and time again, is vital to ensure the economic stability of a community. In McMinnville, where 50% of MHS graduates are not headed off to college, the search for young, equipped workers still remains a challenge. Nonetheless, the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) is attempting to change that.