In Hillsboro, Portman Launches His Three-Day Tour Across Southern & Southeast Ohio at Southern State Community College

Three-Day Tour to Span 12 Counties, More Than 750 Miles Highlighting Workforce Development, Tax Reform, Energy Production, Agriculture, and How Ohio Small Businesses are Helping Secure Our Borders

August 14, 2019 | Press Releases

HILLSBORO, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) launched a three-day tour across Southern and Southeast Ohio at Southern State Community College. Portman, along with staff from Southern State Community College, the Highland County Chamber of Commerce and other local community and business leaders, participated in a workforce development roundtable to discuss Career and Technical Education and how his bipartisan JOBS Act legislation will help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to find in-demand jobs.  

Traveling more than 750 miles over three days in Southern and Southeast Ohio, Portman will participate in workforce development roundtables touting his JOBS Act, see an oil production facility, tour several Ohio small businesses which manufacture technology being used to help secure our southern border, and participate in agricultural tours.  

“As our economy continues to see growth, its essential that our workforce has the skills and tools needed to fill todays in-demand jobs. I had a productive discussion today with staff from Southern State Community college, members of the Highland County Chamber and local business leaders on how we can better close the skills gap,” 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 look forward to continuing my work in Washington to get this important issue the attention and resources it deserves.”  

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.  

As part of his JOBS Act and Workforce 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 and Human Service Chamber roundtable 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 event are below: