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Nebraska leaders say the state isn’t where it needs to be when it comes to high-tech jobs, but a federal program could turn the Kearney area into a hot spot for the jobs of the future.

It’s one of 21 communities nationwide picked to be put on the fast track to create hundreds of IT pros. Mayor Stan Clouse said the city has manufacturing, medical, and education jobs, but is missing the technology sector.

Employers are losing money because they can’t fill jobs fast enough, and a problem is training the hires quickly enough. This pilot program to train non-traditional job seekers in an accelerated way could solve that issue.

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