In-demand Jobs Week was May 3-7, 2021, and it was a way to celebrate jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. To kick off this statewide celebration, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted issued this video message for students. Educators can use the video in their classrooms to spark conversations about career exploration all year round.
On Wednesday, May 5, Lt. Gov. Husted visited the Career and Technical Centers of Licking County (C-TEC). “There are so many different ways that students can go to right out of high school, get career credentials, earn college credits and go to work at great careers,” said Lt. Gov. Husted during his visit.
NBC 4 Columbus reported on his visit, highlighting the need for career centers as a way to introduce students to different career choices. According to the news story, there are more than 92,000 skilled jobs currently available in Ohio offering more than $50,000 a year. Because of economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic, filling these vacancies has become a priority.
“This is all part of making sure Ohio’s economy recovers, that it’s an inclusive recovery where everyone can participate and that we are roaring back,” Husted said.
Lt. Gov. Husted visited many Career Centers throughout the state, including the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Ohio. He met with students enrolled in in-demand programs such as pre-engineering, automotive technologies, electrical trades, and veterinary science. “It’s just amazing what’s going on at this school,” Husted said after touring the facility. “This is am impressive school with a lot of impressive teachers and students.”
Another stop was the Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Englewood, Ohio. “We have to have more students who are taking their career seriously at an earlier age, gaining some real world experience, preparing for work, earning college credits without having to run a bunch of debt, and make the education affordable and effective,” said Husted during his visit.
Other career technical programs he visited included:
- Cincinnati Public Schools
- U.S. Grant Career Center
- Southern Hills Career Center
- Vantage Career Center
He also met with the Cincinnati Innovation District, Perkins High School's Robotics Team, Terra State Community College's Utility Construction Installer Program, Rhodes State College "Uniquely Abled Academy," and attended the Kenton High School Internship Expo.
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