Area students can soon graduate from high school with the skills necessary to be a "Jack or Jill of all trades."
That is how Gene Hack, director of the C4 Columbus Area Career Connection, describes the job of a maintenance technician.
C4 officials and 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.
Kent Fuller, human resources manager at local manufacturer Caltherm, said they are careers that top the "hot jobs list."
More than 5,000 manufacturing jobs are expected to open up in the region the next few years — but companies struggle to fill them, even though they typically offer entry-level salaries near $40,000.
For more on this story, see Tuesday's Republic.