Local students train for tech jobs

JACKSON, Mich. (WILX)-- News 10's Lora Painter spoke with students and educators at the Jackson Career Center where they are preparing for careers impacting many people's daily lives. The center's information technology program teaches high school juniors and seniors the fundamental hard and soft skills to help them launch them into in-demand IT jobs.

Hadley Callebs, a senior at Columbia Central High School, studies at the center, said attending classes while also completing his general education high school work, teaches him a lost about the professional world after graduation. Callebs said, "You establish more maturity, and with that comes more responsibility. You get ready for when you go to college. You get ready for when you actually have a job. You kind of get a feel for your profession that you're going into."

Experts said the need to fill it jobs is serious. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13% in the next eight years; faster than the average for all occupations, meaning more than half a million new jobs.