WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) along with U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and Bill Johnson (R-OH-6) encouraged Mahoning Valley students to attend the inaugural Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo at the Canfield Fair Grounds next Thursday, September 26th. The expo will connect northeast Ohio students with representatives from local skilled construction trades and feature hands-on activities for students to learn more about these jobs and future career opportunities.

  • Students and parents can find out more about the Skilled Trades Expo HERE.

“Our factories and engineering facilities and construction sites are innovative and high-tech, and they’ll employ thousands of Ohioans in the years ahead. At a time when hard work isn’t paying off for too many Americans, I hope Ohioans will explore career options like these,” said Brown.

“When I travel throughout Ohio, employers of all sizes stress the urgent need to bridge the skills gap,” said Portman. “Every Ohioan deserves the opportunity to get the training they need for today’s jobs, many of which require workers with the right skills and qualifications.  The Skilled Trades Expo will allow students to see firsthand the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.”

“I’m excited the Mahoning Valley is hosting its inaugural Skilled Trades Expo next week. This is an amazing opportunity for Northeast Ohioans to get hands-on experience and meet with leaders in these industries. As we move further into the 21st Century, it’s more important than ever that our students get the skills and training needed to compete in today’s workforce,” said Ryan.   

“This event will help inform young people of the many options and opportunities available for good-paying careers in the skilled trades. Not every young person wants to attend a 4-year college...and, they shouldn’t have to. With over 50 percent of workers at or near retirement age in skilled trades jobs, it’s vital that America’s next generation of workers is aware of the increasing opportunities these fields offer,” said Johnson.

Brown, Portman, Ryan and Johnson are all partnering with the local Skilled Trades to host the expo, in addition to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, the Trumbull County Educational Service Center, the Columbiana County Educational Service Center, the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and the Western Reserve Building Trades.