PERRYSBURG, OH — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited Penta Career Center in Perrysburg to tour the school and learn about its work to connect students with career-technical training and education that sets them up for future success, whether they choose to continue their education or enter the workforce.
“When we talk about respecting the dignity of work, that has to mean making sure our kids have the opportunity to pursue jobs that pay well, that are fulfilling, and where they can build careers that lead to middle class life,” said Brown. “That’s what Penta does – they set students up for success in whatever path they choose. We know that there are many opportunities for students after graduation, whether they choose to pursue additional workforce training, go to college, or get a job.”
“We were honored to have Senator Sherrod Brown visit Penta Career Center,” said Ronald Matter, superintendent. “It was good for the Senator to see all the positive things we do to prepare students for in-demand jobs through our career-technical training programs. We appreciate his support of the training that we provide here at Penta.”
Brown toured the advanced manufacturing lab, the welding lab, and spoke with students and instructors about the innovative work done at Penta Career Center. Penta Career Center partners with 16 northwest Ohio school districts to provide high school students with career-technical education. Students learn important skills and earn industry certifications to prepare them for the workforce after graduation or pursue higher education. Penta also provides career services, including resume help, job placement and interview tips. The school also offers adult post-secondary classes for area adults who wish to pursue training for in-demand jobs.
Brown has long led efforts to connect young Ohioans with local industries and businesses and create more good-paying jobs in Ohio.
Every summer, Brown’s office helps organize summer manufacturing camps to introduce kids and their parents to an up-to-date, real-world understanding of American manufacturing. This year will mark the seventh year of Brown’s summer camps. For the three years, Brown’s office has partnered with Penta Career Center to host camps in Wood County.
Last month, Brown introduced bipartisan legislation to help grow and develop apprenticeship programs throughout Ohio and around the country. Brown’s bill, the Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act, 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.