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A Good Jobs Initiative is launching in Wood County, with officials encouraging more students to pursue skilled jobs, instead of a traditional four-year degree.
Officials say there are plenty of skilled jobs available, but not enough young people to fill them. As older, skilled workers look towards retirement, there is a shortage of youth lined up to take their place at manufacturing companies.
"These types of jobs are not what they used to be. They require a lot of education. They're clean jobs that require a lot of expertise," explained Joel Kuhlman, co-commissioner.
Manufacturers say it takes more than a classroom education to master skills, such as welding. As a part of this new program, schools are getting more involved, trying to broaden the definition of what a good job really is.
"We have plenty of really talented students who may shy away from that because of, of what those jobs may be like," said Dan Saygers, a Rossford counselor.
According to manufacturers, these jobs are high-tech, clean and pay well. Officials say students should not limit themselves to only a traditional education.
"If you're a mom and dad out there, and your kids are middle school or younger, just be open-minded," said Kuhlman.
Be open-minded to pursuing jobs that desperately need to be filled.