Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer.
Written by Robert L. Smith.
With a new population study indicating Greater Cleveland is transitioning to a knowledge economy even quicker than expected, some are worried the region’s many unskilled and low-skilled workers will get left behind.
The economic trends make a new program from NorTech especially timely. The tech-focused economic development agency is teaming up with Esperanza and Saint Martin de Porres High School to connect inner-city youth to career opportunities in emerging industries.
The plan calls for matching Cleveland high school students with internships at high technology and engineering firms in the NorTech network, companies like Kent Displays, PolyOne and Quasar Energy Group.
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Originally published May 5, 2014.