Senator outlines plans to connect out-of-work Ohioans with high-tech jobs


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) outlined a plan Tuesday to connect out-of-work Ohioans with jobs in emerging and high-tech industries.

During a visit to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Brown highlighted an industry-sector jobs program that has trained more than 400 unemployed Ohioans for jobs in the emerging bioscience industry.

"It's unacceptable that so many hardworking Ohioans are struggling to find jobs while high-tech industries struggle to fill vacancies," said Brown. "That's why it's critical that we invest limited workforce training resources to not only help unemployed workers find jobs, but also to attract new employers in high-tech industries."

"This is what we do – Cincinnati State specializes in connecting people with new job opportunities and careers,'' said Cincinnati State President O'dell M. Owens.

Despite an 8.5 percent unemployment rate, many employers in high-growth industries are struggling to find workers with the necessary skills. BioOhio, in cooperation with six Ohio community colleges—including Cincinnati State and Sinclair Community College—is working to address this disconnect through the Ohio Bioscience Industry Workforce Preparedness project.

Brown outlined a bipartisan plan to foster regional, sectors-based workforce training programs. The bipartisan Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act would help unemployed workers train for high-tech jobs in their region. The SECTORS Act would organize stakeholders connected to a regional industry including business and labor leaders, education and training providers, and local workforce and education system administrators to develop plans for growing that industry.

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