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State unveils new farm apprenticeship program

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Pennsylvania will face as many as 1,000 job openings over the next 10 years as current farm equipment mechanics and service technicians retire.

To prepare, state officials this week introduced a new apprenticeship program to train future agriculture equipment service technicians.

The program will provide hands-on skills in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM and is expected to train more than 1,000 Pennsylvanians to repair and maintain electronics, global positioning and information systems and work in other emerging technologies, state officials said.

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