Legislator proposes technical diplomas aimed at specific careers

As local welders, manufacturers and computer programers retire during the next several years, local students could be better prepared to fill those jobs after completing a new high school curriculum.

Due to the aging workforce, Johnson County should have hundreds of openings in health care, programing, manufacturing and other fields. The students who have the best chance at landing those jobs are the ones who have already mastered the technical math, reading and writing skills required for the positions, Central Nine Career Center director David Edds said.

Having a strong back and work ethic aren’t enough anymore, Edds said. He hopes a different course load will better prepare students for those jobs.

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