NEWARK, Ohio — Jadyn Moore, a Newark native, wants to fix machines either on the automation or more mechanical side.
Moore is interested in a career in industrial maintenance and is a student in a new automation and robotics program at Career and Technology Education Centers or C-TEC of Licking County.
The program was developed in collaboration with Central Ohio Manufacturers Partnership, and Moore is one of 10 enrollees to receive a full-ride scholarship.
The CTEC program is one year and 600 hours in automation and robotics. The plan is to expand the program to other technical centers in the future.
While she finishes the program next June, Moore is already dreaming about future opportunities in Ohio.
“Intel is a very popular conversation in our class. We're always talking about what they're looking for and what the opportunities being there would be," said Moore. "A lot of people are going to be trying to go to Intel and there's going to be a lot of smaller companies that are going to need techs and that's going to be a big opportunity to find a good position to be at."
CTEC graduate Kyle Fulton runs the program and said the number one priority is to support Ohio's economy through workforce training.
“The automation and the robotics and the maintenance and everything that contributes to the manufacturing process of all the products that are made in central Ohio really rely on this training," said Fulton. "So there's a tremendous amount of opportunity to be highly, gainfully employed."
Moore said she hopes to start applying for jobs in November. She continues to use a moment in her past as motivation.
“I had a teacher tell me that if I didn't go to college, I was going to fail at life. And I wanted to prove him wrong," said Moore. "So I ended up going to trade school. I'm excited to be in the industry that I'm getting into, 'cause it's never a dull moment."