U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown visited Cambridge Monday to outline a plan to train Ohioans for jobs in shale gas and oil development and other high-growth industries.
Brown visited Zane State College's Willett Pratt Training Center and met with students training for jobs in the welding industry.
He discussed his bipartisan Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act, which would help unemployed workers train for high-growth jobs in their region.
Brown has been working to connect Ohioans with jobs in the natural gas industry and on Thursday, he will co-host a jobs fair with Chesapeake Energy in Canton.
"Shale development has tremendous potential to bring new economic development and new jobs to our state. Not only do we have to protect our public safety and health, but we must make sure that these new jobs are going to Ohioans -- not out-of-staters," Brown said. "The SECTORS Act aligns worker training programs to the needs of industries--like shale development--that are creating jobs. It helps local communities, and educational institutions like the Zane State College, tailor workforce training to meet industry needs. Here in Guernsey County, the SECTORS Act would help the community make sure more workers are prepared for opportunities in shale development."
Brown was joined by a student who is currently enrolled in the shale development training program as well as Zane State College President Paul Brown to outline how the SECTORS Act would help ensure that more Ohioans can get jobs in high-growth industries, including Ohio's expanding shale and natural gas industry.