Brown says shale jobs need to go to Ohioans

STEUBENVILLE - Saying shale development holds "tremendous potential" for bringing jobs and economic growth to the Buckeye State, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown told Steubenville residents Monday those jobs need to go to Ohioans.

During a visit to Eastern Gateway Community College's Pugliese Center, Brown, D-Ohio, said his SECTORS initiative, otherwise known as the "Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success" Act, would ensure training is aligned with the needs of industries that are creating the jobs while providing a "more structured, a more reliable ongoing stream of money" to pay for those programs, which he said are key to ensuring Ohioans benefit from growth industries.

"We must make sure these new jobs are going to Ohioans, not out-of-staters," Brown said. "That's exactly what Retrain America and the ShaleNet programs at Eastern Gateway Community College are designed to do - train locals for shale exploration positions. The SECTORS act takes a similar approach by aligning worker training programs to the needs of industries that are creating jobs. It helps local communities, and educational institutions like EGCC, tailor work force training to meet industry needs. Here in Jefferson County, the SECTORS Act would help the community make sure more workers are prepared for opportunities in shale development."


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