STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- United States Senator Sherrod Brown was in the Ohio Valley on Wednesday, where he announced that the Senate passed legislation that would update the Workforce Investment Act.

The Act is designed to help dislocated workers acquire the skills for high-tech jobs in their region. Brown said there is a disconnect between workers and employers, and this legislation should eliminate that gap.

Training and education are two pivotal elements in replenishing a depleted workforce, which something that the WIA is geared toward correcting.

"It trains workers for jobs that companies need," Brown said. "Companies need these qualified workers. It's more efficient; it's more effective; and ultimately it means that workers can find jobs in the fields they're trained for, which is the whole point of this."

Christina Worken was one of those displaced workers who utilized the Act and help from the CAC to transition into a welding position.   

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