COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Fifteen central Ohio school districts are joining Columbus State Community College and local business and government leaders in a new initiative aimed at preparing today's students for tomorrow's jobs.

Details of Innovation Generation were announced Tuesday by Ohio Board of Regents Deputy Chancellor Cheryl Hay and others.

Hay says the program has been designed to serve as a long-term career pathway approach to help students earn credentials for some of central Ohio's fastest-growing jobs, while giving them a significant head start toward earning college degrees during high school.

"As we look at the predictions of jobs in the future, 65 percent will require some type of post-secondary education, but not necessarily a degree", says Hay.

For example, Hay says many students look at the manufacturing sector with disdain, unaware of jobs like mechatronics that deals with the maintenance of high-powered machines. Ninety percent of the work--diagnostics and repair-- is done on computers, Hay says. It's a career track that starts at $50,000 per year and requires only a two-year associates degree to start.

Innovation Generation will establish career pathways into four of the region's most vital industry sectors: advanced manufacturing/robotics, business logistics, health care and information technology.

Hay encourages parents to start talking with school counselors now to get their student signed up for the fall.

More information on Innovation Generation is available by clicking here.

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