Continuing His JOBS Act and Workforce Tour, Portman Delivers Remarks at Marion Technical College

May 11, 2019 | Press Releases

MARION, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his JOBS Act and Workforce Tour by delivering remarks at Marion Technical College.


“I was honored to deliver remarks at Marion Tech and once again congratulations to Marion Technical College Class of 2019. I am proud for what these students have achieved, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next,” Portman continued.  “Community colleges like Marion Tech are incredibly important because we have a shortage of skilled workers. I recently introduced legislation called the JOBS Act to help close the skills gap and make students in shorter-term CTE programs like those at Marion Tech eligible for federal Pell Grants, which are currently reserved only for students in traditional college programs. The JOBS Act is one of my top legislative priorities this year, and I am working to pass this legislation as part of the Higher Education bill this year. Working together, we can ensure that all Ohioans have the skills they need to grow the career of their choice and to fulfill their God-given potential in life.” 


NOTE: Ohio and our nation are seeing economic growth, new job creation, and rising wages for the first time in nearly a generation. However, employers are saying they can’t find workers with the skills to fill the available jobs. Portman has taken the lead to address this skills gap by authoring the JOBS Act. In addition, his Second Chance Act is working to help people exiting the prison system rebuild their lives by getting the mental health treatment and skills training they need to reenter the workforce. Finally, Portman has also led the effort to combat the drug crisis hitting our state, helping those battling addiction get the treatment needed to return to the workforce. 


As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Portman has led efforts in the Senate to strengthen CTE programs and help Ohioans find meaningful employment. Recently, Portman and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the bipartisan JOBS Act, which would expand Pell Grant eligibility to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills training and credentials they need for today’s job market. 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 in Montgomery County, Rhinestahl Advanced Manufacturing in Warren County, a Department of Justice Reentry Conference in Franklin County, a Drug Addiction and Workforce Roundtable, and Ohio Labor’s Training Facility in Knox County, EODA Annual Meeting in Holmes County, Venture Products in Wayne County, Investiture Ceremony at Central Ohio Technical College in Licking County, Sinclair Community College’s Commencement Ceremony in Montgomery County, and Bloom Bakery in Cuyahoga County.