Portman tours Southern Hills Career Technical Center and participates in workforce roundtable discussion

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in a workforce roundtable discussion with Brown County Southern Hills Career Technical Center, Adams County Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center, Clermont County U.S. Grant Career Center, local business leaders, and local elected officials to discuss efforts to strengthen Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to find good jobs. Following the roundtable discussion, Portman toured Brown County Southern Hills Career Technical Center.

“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 Southern Hills Career Technical Center,” said Portman. “I had a very productive discussion with many community and business leaders who participated in today’s meeting. Great ideas were shared and 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.”

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 help students access training for the 5.5 million vacant jobs that are unfilled in part because of a shortage of qualified workers. 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.

This article is sourced from a press release from Senator Rob Portman’s office.