In Orrville, Continuing His JOBS Act and Workforce Tour, Portman Tours Venture Products and Participates in a Workforce Roundtable Discussion

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

April 25, 2019 | Press Releases

ORRVILLE, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his JOBS Act and Workforce tour by touring Venture Products, a family-owned company that designs and makes tractor equipment. Following the tour, Portman participated in a workforce roundtable discussion with Venture Products leadership, local business owners, and other stakeholders to discuss strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and how his JOBS Act legislation will help.


“I had a productive discussion today with the leadership from Venture Products, and other local business leaders, about our efforts to help employers who are looking for skilled workers,” said Portman. We have a skills gap, and employers are struggling to find people with the skills that are needed for today’s in-demand jobs. I will continue my work on 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.”


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 Rob 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, and a Drug Addiction and Workforce Roundtable in Knox County.


Photos from the event are below: