Editorial: Technical program offers pathway to solid positions

The C4 Columbus Area Career Connection and its industry partners are working to develop a two- or three-year curriculum modeled after a polytechnic institute that will offer a pathway to a career as a maintenance technician in electronics or machining.

If successful, the initiative could be adapted to other regions of Indiana.

One area executive said careers in technical maintenance and machining top the “hot jobs list.” More than 5,000 manufacturing jobs are expected to open up in the region in the next few years, but companies struggle to fill them, even though they typically offer entry-level salaries near $40,000.

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