In Mason, Portman Tours Local Manufacturer & Participates in a Workforce Development Discussion

February 8, 2019 | Press Releases

Discussion Focused on Strengthening CTE Programs & Helping More Ohioans Get the Skills and Training They Need to Fill Good Jobs 

MASON, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured the Rhinestahl Corporation and participated in a roundtable discussion with the leadership of the company, Butler Tech, students, and other regional manufacturers to discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and how to help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to find good jobs. Portman previously visited Butler Tech in 2016.

“Ohio employers are struggling to find people with the skills to fill open jobs. We have a skills gap, but I was encouraged by the discussion I had today,” said Portman. “I enjoyed learning about the workforce development partnership with Rhinestahl Corporation and Bulter Tech, and I will take their ideas, feedback, and the good-work I saw here back to Washington because we need more like it.  I will continue my work at the federal level to make sure that Washington is an effective partner with local communities in providing Ohioans with the skills training they need to succeed.” 

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. Last July, the president signed Portman’s Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, legislation he crafted with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to allow states and localities to use Perkins grant funding to establish CTE-focused academies.  He has also worked on other measures to strengthen CTE programs, including the bipartisan CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience to include courses more relevant to the 21st century workforce to better prepare students for future careers. His bipartisan JOBS Act 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. Lastly, the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act he has introduced would create a teacher residency grant program to help address the CTE teacher shortage in schools. 

Photos from the event are below: