facing what you call 'generational shifts,' and this doesn't get reported in the general news media."

He cites the metal fabrication industry as a prime example of an industry facing a generational shift.

"A lot of people that were hired right after World War II are getting ready to retire," he said. "This is an industry that requires a lot of on-the-job training, pays good wages, but young people just don't know about it. A lot of young people have no real clue as to what's out there for them. Because of budget pressures, a lot of the craft programs in the high schools have disappeared.

"Hopefully, those young people will understand that there is something out there," he said. "They don't have to be a busboy in a restaurant."

Similarly, companies that need access to training for metal fabrication often don't know where those training facilities are, Kyser said.

"We have a small-business base," he said. "Only one percent of the business establishments in Los Angeles County have 500 or more workers. With a lot of these firms, the person who's operating it is busy and doesn't feel he or she has the time to do a little research."