Training partnership helps fill jobs in Ohio

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Training partnership helps fill jobs in Ohio

Dayton Daily News – Thousands of people in the region remain unemployed even though 68,000 Ohio jobs have gone unfilled. Programs that train dislocated workers in growing industries such as bioscience can help close the gap, said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Brown on Tuesday highlighted the work of Ohio Bioworkforce Training Partnership. It is a collaboration of BioOhio — a nonprofit focused on growing the state’s bioscience industry — and six community colleges in the state, including Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Sinclair Community College of Dayton. Colleges in the partnership offer short-term training in the bioscience industry.

These types of short-term work force development programs that focus on industry-specific training can help fill available jobs because some of the people who are unemployed don’t have the skills to do them, Brown said.

He spoke Tuesday in a bioscience lab at Cincinnati State’s campus about his plans to reintroduce the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success Act, which would give work force development funding to regional organizations to grow industry clusters. Brown said he plans to include the act in a bill this year to reauthorize the federal Workforce Investment Act.

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