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Local leaders working to get high school students ready for careers

Posted at 7:17 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 22:17:57-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — Dozens of business leaders are joining forces to find ways to get high school students ready for careers.

The Clark County School District and Workforce Connections continued their summit on Wednesday to help identify the barriers that keep students from exploring career paths in a few in-demand industries.

Some of those fields include healthcare, information technology, and construction.

CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara pointed out the district needs to offer options for the 73 percent of students who don't head to a 4-year university.

"These jobs are not all low paying jobs, to the contrary. These jobs are not all dirty; to the contrary, there are tons of good paying jobs in construction that are not in the ditch," said Workforce Connections Executive Director Jaime Cruz.

And the district is hoping to use the information to tailor its career and technical education programs to the needs of the community.