Some students don't want to go to college---others can't afford to.
But, there are still plenty of career opportunities for those people...and Hamilton county leaders are making that a high priority this year.
It's a multi-state program called "Pathways to Prosperity".
On Wednesday the Hamilton county commission is expected to pass a resolution providing 35-thousand dollars to get the program up and running.
Pathways to Prosperity is part of a multi-state, multi-year initiative promoting school partnerships with public and private organizations to promote career and technical education.
MAYOR JIM COPPINGER, HAMILTON COUNTY "What we're trying to do is give everybody in this county an opportunity to have a career."
With help from the manufacturing community, Hamilton county schools and Chatt state, the goal is to make sure high school students know about getting post-secondary skills, not necessarily a 4 year degree.
TIM SPIRES, PRES. CHATTANOOGA MANUFACTURERS ASSOC. "This is very important." "Having a workforce that's capable with the tech requirements is the number one issue that keeps CEO's up at night."
Tennessee Rand is a Chattanooga company that could benefit from such a program.
DARREN KILGORE, V.P. TENNESSEE RAND "The selection is slim... we have a hard time recruiting for the tech capabilities that we're looking for."
The company employs 195 people in robotics welding and manufacture.
ED NUNLEY, MANUFACTURING MGR. "We'd prefer to get them out of the tech schools..and just fine-tune them to do what we do."
BRENT HIPPS, TECHNICIAN, TENNESSEE RAND "...good job, good jobs to get experience."
Hamilton county plans to contract with Carisch-Jackson Associates to get the message out to the counties 42-thousand students.
RONNA-RENEE JACKSON, CARISCH-JACKSON ASSOC "Overwhelmingly, statistics are telling us that of the jobs available, 4 year degrees are not required...skills are...post secondary skills."
Tennessee is one of 6 states taking part in the Pathways to Prosperity program.