Brown Hosts Roundtable in Zanesville as he Leads Efforts to Help Increase Access to Higher Education, Workforce Development

Senator Has Introduced Legislation to Make it Easier for Ohio Students to Attend College, Led Efforts to Connect Young Ohioans with Good-Paying Jobs


ZANESVILLE, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion at the Zanesville Chamber of Commerce to talk with local leaders about efforts to set Ohio students up for future success through access to higher education and workforce training. Brown heard from local leaders about efforts to help Ohio students and families and will take their ideas back to Washington as he continues fighting for Ohioans.

“At a time when hard work isn’t paying off for Americans, we need to do a better job showing students all the career options available, and helping them afford the education and training they need,” said Brown.

“It is a pleasure to welcome U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown to Muskingum County to facilitate this roundtable on efforts to help local students and families succeed. It is both admirable and appreciated that Senator Brown is taking a ‘hands-on’ interest in learning more about the wants and needs of the residents of our region through his reaching out to conduct this roundtable discussion,” said Dr. Doug Baker, Superintendent, Zanesville City Schools.

Brown has championed legislation and local initiatives that aim to help Ohio students and families as they consider their futures.

In March, Brown helped introduce the Debt-Free College Act, which would ensure students could graduate from public college debt free by helping cover any costs for students – including tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses – above the family’s expected maximum contribution without having to take on debt.

In April, Brown introduced the Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act, which would help develop new apprenticeship programs and also provide important resources to existing programs to help develop and expand their apprenticeships in Ohio and across the country.  

For the seventh straight year, Brown is hosting summer manufacturing camps around the state to help young Ohioans learn about manufacturing jobs available in Ohio. This year, Brown’s office will help organize at least 36 camps in 26 counties.  

Brown was joined at today’s roundtable by representatives from: Muskingum University, Ohio University, Zane State College, Zanesville City Schools, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, the Zanesville Chamber of Commerce, Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority, Muskingum Valley Health Centers, Genesis Healthcare System and the City of Zanesville.