Brown Announces More Than $19 Million to Train Ohioans for High-Tech Jobs in Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that Ohio will receive more than $19 million in new few federal funds to help train workers for jobs in the health care industry. Authorized by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA), the funds are distributed by the U.S. Department of Labor and awarded through the Health Care Sector and Other High Growth and Emerging Industries Grants program.


“Ohio leads the nation in providing cutting-edge health care services and the industry is a major driver of Ohio’s economy,” Brown said. “A skilled workforce is a critical component of economic development and job creation. These funds will provide training to Ohioans so they can pursue good-paying, high-tech health care jobs.”

 

These investments will prepare Ohioans for employment in high-growth industries that require workers to have specialized skill sets and training in technology. The funds are targeted to high-growth industries that are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy. These training programs will provide a career pathway and result in employer or industry-recognized certificates or degrees.

Brown is a leading proponent of targeting workforce investment resources to provide regional, specialized training that supports high-growth industries. He is the author of the “Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success” (SECTORS) Act, bipartisan legislation which addresses the disparity between high unemployment rates and a shortage of skilled workers for many emerging industries. The bill would provide grants for sector partnerships among institutions of higher education, industry, organized labor, and workforce boards aimed at creating customized solutions for specific industries at the regional level. A sector approach can focus on the dual goals of promoting the long-term competitiveness of industries and advancing employment opportunities for workers.

A list of Ohio funding recipients can be found below:


Grantee

Community Served

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Funding

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Columbus

$5,000,000

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

 

Cincinnati

$4,935,132

Columbus State Community College

 

Columbus

$4,605,303

Berea Children’s Home

 

Berea

$4,927,843

 

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