Krissy Crouthers stands before some of the 30 U.S. Navy dock bumpers she has just coated with black and gray cement-like paint, mixed with epoxy. Earlier, her team drilled three precise round holes across the bumpers’ tops, for bolts.

“So many different paints and materials,” muses Crouthers, who is deep inside General Tool Co.’s Reading plant on this Monday morning. She gives a wide smile. “I make something new every day.”

Crouthers graduated in May from both Amelia High School and Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, the Sharonville-based career technical school district that serves 8,000 youth from 36 school districts, plus 52,500 adults annually.

Now she is an assembler at General Tool, a contract manufacturing business that creates specialty machines and equipment for the aerospace, defense, power generation and commercial industries.

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