WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $2,988,261 has been awarded to Zane State College through the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Community-Based Job Training (CBJT) grant program. The CBJT supports efforts of community colleges to train and prepare workers for employment in high growth and other emerging industries.
“These funds will help meet local needs while promoting economic development,” Brown said. “They will prepare Ohioans for long-term, good-paying jobs in the quickly-emerging clean energy sector will help enrich and strengthen our communities.”
Zane State will provide worker training to help workers secure and advance in jobs that promote energy efficiency, energy independence, and environmental protection. The project focuses on eight different sectors within the clean energy industry, providing workers with basic and cross?functional technical skills. The project also offers customized employer training and entrepreneurial training and provides internship opportunities. The project is expected to enroll 450 workers in jobs training programs and help more than 200 retain positions in the energy sector.
Zane State will partner with a variety of organizations for this project, including: Cambridge?Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation, Guernsey County Department of Job and Family Services, Guernsey Muskingum Electric Cooperative, Muskingum County Opportunity Center, Ohio Mid?Eastern Government Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation – Energy Services, and Society of Petroleum Engineers – Ohio Petroleum Section.
Brown is a leading proponent of targeting workforce investment resources to provide regional, specialized training that supports high-growth industries. He introduced the bipartisan Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act, legislation which would support the development of specialized workforce training programs to meet the regional workforce needs of 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.