DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Educators met with labor unions in the area on Thursday.

The goal is to connect labor and apprenticeships programs with local school districts.

There is a big gap to fill for skilled trade and schools are hoping programs like this provide opportunities to students who do not want to pursue college degrees after high school.

“Not every kid is going to go to school, at least not right away. This is an opportunity for very high-paying jobs. These aren’t the jobs leaving to go overseas. They will be right here in our community,” said Christopher Shaw of Dayton City Commission.

Officials say they met with the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. and hope to model other programs across the nation after this one.