I called them a few times today, no one picked up. Will try again tomorrow, and try to talk to someone and figure it out.we have this thing called "Running Start" in Washington State, where high school kids can take college classes and get double credit.
In Texas, they call it Dual Credit, same idea.
If I were you, I would call or visit the guys who run this program (they are probably too busy to answer random emails) Unfortunately it looks like they are cutting back on the classes this year. Budget cuts maybe.
When I run ads its $30 and up ( about 40mi NW of Houston ) and get few responses. What I do get rarely meet the qualifications. I have hired a few that were weak in years or skill and tried to bring them up to speed with no success. There are a lot of losers that dont know much just because they are losers. I have been here my entire life and skilled guys are getting harder to find every day.Hahaha you're delusional if you think taxes will close the gap between what you're offering and what we get paid in Cali. My taxes are about 20% of my gross wages.
By the way, I checked job listings in the Houston area. Lots of places offering 30-35. Some offering even more for experienced machinists. At $20, the best you can hope is to hire some jabroni who will cost you more in wasted time and broken tools.
Time and time again, the guys who come to this site to complain that nobody wants to work for them are offering wages from a decade ago, and are scratching their heads why nobody will show up to the interview.
I doubt I would qualify for a mortgage in the bay area, plus I don't want to rent, ever.
Here's a job in Belmont that advertises 60-100 per hour for a lead machinist with 10+ years experience.
This was the actual job I was thinking about. It's actually in Freemont, not in Oakland as I thought
That first job I guarantee is abnormal for the area. The same thing happens around here (Orange County, mainly Irvine) These venture capital funded companies offer abnormal pay, unlimited PTO (you read that right) No cost PPO health insurance (Not Kaiser, the good stuff) and cheap Dental, 401K's which match at least 6%, free lunch, possible a small gym in the building, mileage if travel is any distance. The downside is, will the job be there in 1-2-3 years time.
It's Venture Capital funded. I make parts for a couple of companies in Irvine that are Venture capital funded, and the pay and benefits are abnormal to the area. Which is good until the funding runs out. Then there's layoffs. They get more funding, re-hire a few, funding runs out, layoffs again. Happened to one of my customers. Which at one point left me high and dry with some large invoices unpaid. Came down to "we're doing a big demo for the Navy, if it works out we'll get funded. So if you make these parts we need, then you'll be the first to get paid. If you don't I understand" I did the parts taking a risk I wouldn't get paid. They had a successful demo, and got more funding. I got paid. This was year ago. They just laid some guys last week. Ran out of money Luckily I have no outstanding invoices.
Regarding that $60-$100/ hr job in the SF Bay Area. Gas is $4.50-$5.00/gallon, an ok 1 bedroom apartment will run you $2k/month and good luck finding a house to buy for less than $500k within 50 miles of where you work.
Honestly I want to do it for a few years.
The high prices aren't what scare me (honestly Sacramento prices are basically 75% of that anyway).
What makes me want to reconsider is the depressing level of crime, homelessness, narcotics, etc.
Although downtown Sacramento is now just as bad, if not worse. I was absolutely left speechless after going to a Kings game a few months ago.