Byers Technical Institute opens in Buena Vista

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BUENA VISTA, Va. (WDBJ7) A new school opened today in Buena Vista

The Byers Technical Institute is a trade school, teaching welding techniques that will have students ready for jobs in less than a year.

"What we did in creating this program was to go out to several industry partners and ask them: What do you want? We built the curriculum around that," explains Walt Johnson, Director of the institute. "And when we develop our next program, we'll do the same thing. We'll approach industry and we'll ask them: What are you looking for and how do you want your people trained? And that's how we''re going to train them."

The Institute says employers are already waiting for graduates.