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Sen. Portman Highlights Need to Close Skills Gap Amid Economic Recovery

March 17, 2021 4:22 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke on the Senate Floor highlighting his bipartisan Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation he is introducing this week with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to help continue supporting the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by improving skills training and addressing the shortage of skilled workers to fill the new jobs available today.

As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Portman has led efforts in the Senate to strengthen technical training programs and help Ohioans find meaningful employment. The JOBS Act will close the “skills gap” by expanding eligibility for Pell Grants to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills training and credentials that are in high-demand in today’s job market. 

A transcript of his remarks is below and a video can be found here:



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