Manufacturing jobs are back in Northeast Ohio and companies are hiring.
But matching companies with qualified workers, can be a real challenge.
Darion Hill works at Cleveland Die and Manufacturing in Middleburg Heights.
He saw manufacturing as a way to turn his life around.
"It was really either going straight back to work or finding something more stable," said Hill
That stability came, by training to be a CNC Machinist; making the parts, that hold your car together.
The Young Adult Resource Center -- or YRC -- is a state-backed workforce development in Cuyahoga County, connecting folks with the education they need, to take that next step.
In Darion's case, that was a certificate from Cleveland Industrial Training Center.
Without any prior experience, Cleveland Die took a chance on him.
"He's enthusiastic enough to do it, he wants to do it. We're willing to learn that he's an asset and that's why we hired him," said Vladimir Haoui of the Cleveland Die & Manufacturing
And since getting on the job, Darion has made the most of it.
He's learning how to work with more machines and has his eyes set on expanding his programming skills.
"I want to learn more than i know now. I want to break more barriers. I want to keep going further in life, " said Hill.
He also wants to see more people to find success like he did, using the great resources out there.
"I would tell them to know what you want and don't be afraid to go get it .They're there to help as long as you're not there to play," said Hill.
It's all about opportunities and how to take advantage of them in the job market.
Manufacturing jobs are a huge part of that.
WKYC is partnering with the Cleveland Foundation to shine a light on how folks in Northeast Ohio are turning their lives around, by getting the skills they need, to be successful.
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