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Ohio Workforce Event Features ACTE Member




Ohio Workforce Event Features ACTE Member

Last Friday, April 12, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) co-hosted the Ohio Jobs and Workforce Development Summit in Columbus, OH where over 300 educators, employers, and other workforce stakeholders gathered to discuss the workforce needs of business and industry and how the workforce system can support those needs through best practices. 

The event was the latest part of Senator Portman’s efforts to make federal job training programs more responsive to the needs of today’s businesses and industry. As part of this effort, Senator Portman introduced the Careers through Responsive, Efficient and Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act during the previous Congress. The act would give preference, when applying for federal funds, to programs leading to an industry-recognized credential linked to a locally, statewide or regionally in-demand career. The Senator plans to reintroduce the CAREER Act in the coming weeks.

As part of the event, Judy Wells, ACTE member and superintendent of the Apollo Career Center in Lima, OH, was invited to speak on a panel with Senator Portman and other education and business leaders about best practices in workforce training used by Apollo and other career centers. The discussion included partnerships with business and industry, industry-recognized credentials and aligning programs with in-demand careers.

ACTE has been in discussions with the Senator’s office on these best practices and how career and technical education plays a role in closing the skills gap and preparing students for in-demand careers.

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