In Cincinnati, Portman Participates in Workforce Development Roundtable Hosted by United Way

July 1, 2019 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his JOBS Act and Workforce Tour by participating in a roundtable discussion hosted by Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a United Way workforce development initiative. A number of business and educational leaders from the Cincinnati community joined the discussion on Career and Technical Education (CTE), addressing the impact of drug addiction on workforce participation, and the healthy state of the economy. 

“As our economy continues on its all-time streak of positive growth, it’s essential that our workforce has the skills and tools needed to fill today’s in-demand jobs,” Portman said. “In Ohio, we have tens of thousands of job openings that are going unfilled, and part of that is because those seeking work have not had the training in welding, coding, and other technical skills necessary to be hired. I was glad to hear from experts in the Cincinnati area on how we can better close that skills gap, and look forward to continuing to work in Washington to get this important issue the attention and resources it needs.” 

NOTE: Portman has taken the lead to address this skills gap by authoring the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation makes high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs more affordable by expanding access to Pell Grants for low-income students. President Trump included the JOBS Act in his FY 2020 budget request and Portman is working to include this measure in broader legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year.  

So far on his JOBS Act and Workforce Development Tour, Portman has visited Warren Fabricating and Machining in Trumbull County, Stark State’s Akron Campus in Summit County, Staub Manufacturing and a graduation ceremony at Sinclair Community College, Rhinestahl Advanced Manufacturing in Warren County, a Department of Justice Reentry Conference in Franklin County, a Drug Addiction and Workforce Roundtable and a Ohio Labor’s Training Facility in Knox County, an EODA Annual meeting in Holmes County, Venture Products in Wayne County, an Investiture Ceremony at Central Ohio Technical College in Licking County, and a graduation ceremony at Marion Technical College in Marion County. 

Photos from the roundtable are below: