U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) recently continued his JOBS Act and Workforce Tour by participating in a roundtable discussion hosted by Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a United Way workforce development initiative. A number of business and educational leaders from the Cincinnati community joined the discussion on Career and Technical Education (CTE), addressing the impact of drug addiction on workforce participation, and the healthy state of the economy.
Also included in the discussion was Michael Turner, Cincinnati Public Schools' career tech curriculum manager; and Jeremiah Kirkland, who highlighted the new partnership between TriHealth and Hughes STEM High School.
"As our economy continues on its all-time streak of positive growth, it's essential that our workforce has the skills and tools needed to fill today's in-demand jobs," Portman said. "In Ohio, we have tens of thousands of job openings that are going unfilled, and part of that is because those seeking work have not had the training in welding, coding and other technical skills necessary to be hired. I was glad to hear from experts in the Cincinnati area on how we can better close that skills gap, and look forward to continuing to work in Washington to get this important issue the attention and resources it needs."