WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was awarded with the National Education Service Award from the National Association of Community Colleges for his legislative efforts to pass the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation he has worked on with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to help close the skills gap and put more Americans to work.  Portman also met with more than a dozen representatives of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges yesterday, and worked closely with them in developing the JOBS Act legislation. 

“It was an honor to receive the National Education Service Award,” said Portman. “We must do a better job of ensuring that more Americans have the skills that match the jobs that are available today, and community colleges play a vital role in helping to make sure our students are job-ready after graduation. We’ve got a lot of great Career and Technical Education programs in Ohio, but some kids need help getting access to them. By expanding Pell Grant eligibility, the JOBS Act will help kids from low-income families get the job training they need for careers that will give them economic security and help them join the middle class.  I look forward to reintroducing this bill with Senator Kaine soon and working to get it across the finish line this year.” 

NOTE: As co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education caucus, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the JOBS Act in January 2017. The bill will expand eligibility for Pell Grants to ensure that low-income kids have access to high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so they can get the skills training and credentials they need in today’s job market.  There are more than 5.5 million vacant jobs in the United States that are unfilled in part due to a shortage of qualified workers and the JOBS Act encourages industry and employers to work with institutions of higher education to identify in-demand career fields.  Senators Portman and Kaine will reintroduce the JOBS Act later this month. 

Photos from the event are below: 

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