In Columbus, Portman Participates in Workforce Roundtable Hosted by the Human Service Chamber
COLUMBUS, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his JOBS Act and Workforce Tour by participating in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County. A number of nonprofit leaders from the Columbus community joined the discussion on closing the skills gap through Career and Technical Education (CTE), addressing the impact of drug addiction on workforce participation, the healthy state of the economy, and how we can help our most vulnerable citizens.
“As our economy continues to see positive growth, it’s essential that our workforce has the skills and tools needed to fill today’s in-demand jobs,” Portman said. “Across Ohio, we have tens of thousands of job openings that are going unfilled, and part of that is because those seeking work do not have the training necessary to be hired for the jobs available today. I had a productive conversation with experts in the Columbus area on how we can better close that skills gap, and look forward to continuing my work in Washington to get this important issue the attention and resources it deserves.”
"We’re grateful to have convened dozens of our nonprofit leaders with Senator Portman to share the critical work of human services agencies and the clients they serve so that we can continue working together to strengthen our community, economy, and society for all. We spoke at length about workforce issues, and reiterated our support of the Senator’s bipartisan JOBS Act. We have a unique perspective on this because our agencies not only employ dozens of thousands in Franklin County, they are on the front lines of developing our region’s workforce, as they help people find jobs, keep jobs, and return to the workplace. But we also appreciated the chance to discuss those we serve who can’t work, can’t yet work, or can no longer work, and are grateful to Senator Portman’s work supporting these communities of our disabled, our children, and our seniors, too,” said Michael Corey, executive director of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County.
NOTE: Portman has taken the lead to address this skills gap by authoring the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation make 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, a Workforce Roundtable hosted by United Way of Cincinnati, and a graduation ceremony at Marion Technical College in Marion County.
Photos from the roundtable are below: