Technical Skills

Mac Connor and a senior mechanic inspect one of the buses at COTA.
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Some students like academic work and thrive in high school. For others, it’s a real drag.

One of those people is Mac Connor. When the 18-year-old talks about it, he does so in a short, matter-of-fact way.

Jordan Washington switched careers to be an electrician, which he's learning on the job as part of a five-year apprenticeship.
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Ohio is one of six states chosen for a program to increase the upward mobility of adult learners. The goal of the "Educate for Opportunity" project is to train workers for technical and other jobs that are in high demand. 

Filling the Technical Skills Gap

Jan 17, 2017
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As more and more young Americans are opting to go to college rather than vocational or technical schools, far fewer young people are pursuing technical careers than in the past. With the baby boomer generation retiring, millions of trade jobs will need to be filled in the coming years. Today we'll discuss how some people are addressing this issue and training the next generation to take on these positions.

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