The US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor may already be changing the direction of life after graduation for some Indian Lake High School students.
For the second time this fall, representatives from the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce presented information at Indian Lake Schools on what’s called the Smart Corridor now under construction in southeastern Logan County.
In his presentation to students, Logan County Chamber President Paul Benedetti explained the immediate and future career opportunities related to autonomous vehicles that will accompany the massive project and the anticipated growth to the community.
He said, “I’m here today to invite you to stay. Those of you who get your diploma and go into the workforce, stay here and work. Those of you who go off to get a 2-year or 4-year degree, I invite you to come back. We need you. We have opportunities here that you won’t find anywhere else.”
Many students took his words to heart right away.
Senior Noah Reynolds immediately spoke with Benedetti and got leads on local jobs that could help him with future training in the autonomous vehicle field. “Before the assembly, I was at a loss about what to do (after graduation). Now I have a plan. I’m actually going to call today.”
Senior Devin Haver says he’s thankful for the information. “I didn’t know this was going on so close to home. I’m definitely interested.”
After hearing a similar presentation during the Indian Lake Schools Staff Professional Development Day at the end of October, ILHS Principal Kyle Wagner knew he wanted to expose ILHS students to Benedetti’s message as soon as possible.
“It’s important for the students to hear this exciting information from the experts who actually know what growing businesses in our area need.”
Benedetti also briefed the students on the hi-speed fiber that is now connecting the Transportation Research Center near East Liberty to Columbus, and points in between. He explained that in 2019, driverless vehicles equipped with sensors will be on the highway sending information to the Ohio Department of Transportation on highway conditions, to the Ohio Highway Patrol for traffic information and to private companies to develop further smart automobile technology.
He says local companies need engineers and builders who can work together to develop further technology, not to mention young people to program the technology involved. In addition, Benedetti says we need construction workers and trades people to build additional housing.
He encourages students to visit https://www.33smartcorridor.com to learn more.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.