In the Jacksonville area - there are thousands of jobs available in commercial truck driving and automotive and diesel technology. The demand for people with those skills is so high - a non- profit organization is creating a center to teach and train people those skills. Channel 4's Erica Rakow took a tour of the new facility - and joins us LIVE ...Erica? 3 3 IT'S CALLED THE JONES TECHNICAL INSTITUTE..AND THEY TOOK OVER THE OLD MERCEDES- BENZ FACILITY OFF WESTERN WAY NEAR BAYMEADOWS.STUDENTS THERE WILL LEARN AND THEN PRACTICE THE NEW SKILLS. 3 0-518-25IT'S ANOTHER SOURCE FOR RECEIVING HIGHER EDUCATION IN JACKSONVILLE.. JONES TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, OR J-TECH WILL BE A VOCATIONAL INSTITUTION THAT FOCUSES ON SHORTER-TERM DIPLOMA AND OCCUPATION ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS. IT WILL INITIALLY OFFER PROGRAMS IN AUTOTMOTIVE AND DIESEL TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVING. Charles Harper/OUTREACH COORDINATOR, JONES TECHNICAL INSTITUTE 36:12 - right now we're facing a critical skills gap shortage. By opening up or introducing jones technical institute to jacksonville, which is a huge industrial area, people will be able to be placed in these fields they choose to learn and get trade skills in.36:29 J-TECH IS TAKING OVER THIS 168-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY PREVIOUSLY OWNED BY MERCEDES BENZ. HERE, STUDENTS WILL COME IN AND LEARN A COUPLE DAYS A WEEK AND ALSO HOLD A PART-TIME OR FULL TIME POSITION IN THE INDUSTRY.36:49 - it cuts a lot of costs out. Not only are students learning a new skill and trade, they'll walk away with a full tool set. A student tool set.36:57 THESE TYPES OF JOBS ARE IN GREAT DEMAND IN OUR AREA.. AND THE GOAL IS TO PRODUCE QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS TO FILL THOSE JOBS AND FUEL OUR LOCAL ECONOMY. J- TECH WILL BE RECRUITING ENTRY AND MID LEVEL TECHNICIANS TO EARN THEIR OCCUPATIONAL ASSOCIATES DEGREE WHILE WORKING.35:51 - schools in jacksonville don't focus much on traditional trade or skill- based type careers. We know there are careers in the administration field and health care but it seems that some schools have forgotten there are great paying jobs in the skill trade area. 36:11 THEY PLAN TO OPEN THE SCHOOL IN APRIL WITH 75-80 STUDENTS AT FIRST BUT THEN HOPE TO REACH 800-900 STUDENTS. J-TECH ISN'T RECRUITING JUST YET, BUT IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IT WE HAVE THEIR PHONE NUMBER AND WEB ADRESS ON OUR WEBSITE, NEWS4JAX.COM.