Senator Portman Talks About Importance of Career & Technical Training
Workforce development continues to be a critical need in Ohio according to Sen. Rob Portman. During a roundtable discussion in Plain City last week, Portman emphasized the need to continue to improve career and technical education to keep Ohio competitive when it comes to mega-projects like Foxconn according to an article in Columbus Business First.
While Ohio has attracted many new companies and fostered large investments from existing employers, workforce can make or break economic development efforts. Portman commented that investing in STEM, career and technical training is necessary for new business attraction but also important to support existing large employers as they grow.
“A huge part of their decision making is ‘Will there be the skilled workforce there, that we need to be able to be competitive?’ You can have everything else work, but if you don’t have the skilled workforce, none of it works,” he said.
For the full Columbus Business First article, click HERE.
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