Today’s Ohio factories aren’t rusty dinosaurs; they’re gleaming, high-tech engineering and manufacturing facilities that offer high-skilled, well-paying jobs to young people — if employers can find them to hire.

A pervasive skills gap frustrates state efforts to attract employers, grow the tax base and improve the quality of life for Ohio families. While some economic-development programs are aimed at helping companies retrain workers, or attract adults to tech schools and community colleges, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has devised a successful strategy that starts smaller — as with fourth-graders.