TOLEDO, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured the Scott Park Training Center. Following the tour, Portman participated in a workforce development roundtable discussion with leadership from Scott Park Training Center, Northwest State Community College, and the University of Toledo, along with other interested stakeholders to discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and how to help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to fill good jobs. 

“Every Ohioan should have the opportunity to get the training they need for today’s in-demand jobs, regardless of economic standing, and I’m encouraged by what I saw today at Scott Park Training Center,” said Portman. I had a very productive discussion with community leadership involved in this program and other interested stakeholders, 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. In 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 introducing 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. He introduced the bipartisan JOBS Act to 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, he introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act to create a teacher residency grant program to help address the CTE teacher shortage in schools.

Pictures from the event are below:

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