Career Tech Education

Too often, Ohio businesses can't find enough skilled Ohio workers to fill open positions. Joe has a plan to change that. He's been meeting with business leaders, workers, and several chambers of commerce throughout the state. From their advice, Joe wrote a career tech bill (SB 140) to help train skilled workers and provide targeted assistance to Ohio’s business community. 

Too often, Ohio businesses can’t find enough skilled Ohio workers to fill open positions. Joe has a plan to change that. He’s been meeting with business leaders, workers, and several chambers of commerce throughout the state. From their advice, Joe wrote a career tech bill (SB 140) to help train skilled workers and provide targeted assistance to Ohio’s business community.

As Joe puts it, “Ohio needs a strong workforce for the future. That means investing in career tech funding for our schools to ensure students are exposed to alternative career paths. We also need to do more as a state to encourage collaboration among businesses, local organizations, and higher education institutions. We should build classes around the skills these businesses actually need.”

How Joe’s Career Tech Bill Works

Career Tech Education Funding

  • Adds $25 million over the biennium ($12.5 million annually) to the Career Technical Education Fund.
  • Improves access to workforce training programs by assisting students in grades K-12 with shop fees, industry credential testing fees, technology support, etc.
  • Expands existing workforce education programs.

Incentives for Business and Higher Education Partnerships

  • Creates a $25 million competitive grant program between businesses and two and four-year institutions of higher learning that offer associates and industry credential programs.
  • The grant would work as a dollar for dollar match between institutions and businesses to provide students the skills they need for high demand jobs.

Business Development Funding

  • Invests $30 million over the biennium to support existing state programs such as:
    • Minority Business Loan Program
    • Ohio Brownfield Fund
  • Creates the Sector Partnership Grant Program.
    • $10 million each FY will help fund collaboratives that provide employer driven, advanced skills training in targeted industries.

This career tech bill is part of Joe’s larger jobs plan. We can pay for it by closing just one tax loophole for the rich that has failed to create any jobs. Learn more here.