WANTED: Workers for manufacturing jobs in Northern Kentucky

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Manufacturers in Northern Kentucky say they the can't get enough graduates from a technical college to man their machines. After 50 years in Covington, Gateway Community and Technical College last year moved its manufacturing programs to a new facility off Mt. Zion Road in Florence.

"We have a situation here where we have manufacturers...employers that need technicians. They need a skilled work force and we have the capacity to train more people," said Gateway's Tony Clarke. The college turns out about 115 manufacturing technology graduates a year but officials say local companies say they need at least 300 more every year to learn their work force demands.

The building houses more than $1,500,000 in new lab equipment but with few students to learn on the machines, the college is searching for a recruiting solution. "We partner with secondary schools and local companies in order to get students interested in a manufacturing career," said Clarke.

Tuition at Gateway ranges from about $2,000 up to $8,000 for an associates degree and starting pay can range from $12 to $20 per hour.

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