Updated: 04/18/2014 7:15 AM
Created: 04/17/2014 10:55 PM KAALtv.com
By: John Doetkott
(ABC 6 News) -- With a shortage of skilled laborers across the country, state leaders are focusing on the future.
Thursday, Senator Amy Klobuchar D-Minn. toured the Lou-Rich plant in Albert Lea.
The senator was learning more about the plant's unique apprenticeship program to train high school students for the manufacturing industry.
"Suddenly our country is making things, we're exporting to all kinds of countries, and business is picking up, and especially in minnesota. that means we need workers to fill jobs and we need people to get trained with the skills so they can fill those jobs,"
The program actually pays high school students to work while they earn credit toward graduation.