In Van Wert, Portman Tours Vantage Career Center, Highlights Efforts to Boost Skills Training

Portman Discusses Workforce Development with Career Center Leadership & Its Students 

September 4, 2019 | Press Releases

VAN WERT, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured Vantage Career Center. During the tour, Portman met with the Center’s leadership and students 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.

“I enjoyed my visit at Vantage Career Center and had a productive discussion with the students and leadership team about how best to ensure today’s workers get the skills training they need to succeed,” said Portman.  Strengthening Career and Technical Education by passing the JOBS Act will help ensure we make skills training more accessible and affordable. 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.

"We appreciate Senator Portman taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Vantage Career Center to see firsthand our efforts to train a skilled workforce. Senator Portman has initiated and supported critical workforce development legislation that greatly facilitates our efforts to train people for the jobs our local companies need. The Jobs Act legislation Senator Portman initiated provides essential funding for our short term, high demand training programs, thereby creating opportunities for our students and a skilled workforce for our companies,” said Superintendent Rick Turner

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, Delaware Career Center in Delaware County, Staub Manufacturing and a graduation ceremony at Sinclair Community CollegeRhinestahl 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, a roundtable at Southern State Community College in Highland County, a roundtable at The Point in Lawrence County, a roundtable at Hocking College in Logan County, and a roundtable at Morgal Machine tool in Clark County. 

Photos from the event are below: