TOLEDO, OHIO – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited “The Source” one-stop in Toledo today to join leaders from the Lucas County Workforce Development Agency in giving an update on how economic recovery funds are being used to train dislocated workers and provide job experiences for young people.
“This is about putting people back to work and supporting the growth of the clean energy industry,” Brown said. “Northwest Ohio is a national leader in solar energy jobs. By providing economic recovery funds to support training in clean energy and other high growth industries, we can strengthen our workforce and bring new jobs and economic development to the region. This is a great example of how the recovery package can address the economic downturn while allowing Ohio to emerge from it more prepared for the 21st Century economy.”
Brown and leaders from the Lucas County Workforce Development Agency detailed how economic recovery funds have been used to support retraining and employment services. Workforce Investment Act Area 9, which includes Lucas County, received a total of $5,555,424 in economic recovery funds to provide job training and experience to dislocated workers and youth. In total, more than 2,080 Ohioans will be served through the Lucas County Workforce Development Agency.
More than $2.99 million of Lucas County’s allocation is devoted to job training for adults and dislocated workers, supporting a partnership with Owens Community College that trains dislocated workers in Green Jobs, Healthcare, and Pre-Apprenticeship programs. More than 650 Ohioans will be served, with more than 125 students enrolled in courses as of Aug. 2009. The funds also support 136 individual training accounts, 33 on-the-job training accounts, and job placement support services that have already been utilized by 315 Ohioans. An additional $2.56 million was devoted to providing young people with work experience. This summer, 955 youth received work experience on 144 work sites across Northwest Ohio. After discussing the allocation and use of economic recovery funds at The Source, Brown visit dislocated workers enrolled in a Green Jobs training program.
Brown is working to position Ohio as the Silicon Valley of Clean Energy Manufacturing. He is the author of the Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology (IMPACT) Act of 2009, which would help manufacturers retool for the clean energy industry. The IMPACT Act, which was included in the House-passed clean energy bill, would create a $30 billion Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund to help small and mid-sized manufacturers improve energy efficiency, retool for the clean energy industry, and expand our nation’s clean energy manufacturing operations. It would also invest in clean energy jobs training by creating a new program through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
The Senator is also a leading proponent of targeting workforce investment resources to provide regional, specialized training that supports high-growth industries. He introduced the “Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act of 2009." This bipartisan legislation would support the development of specialized workforce training programs to meet regional workforce needs of emerging industries.
Brown was joined today by Lucas County Commissioners Pete Gerken, Tina Skeldon Wozniak, and Ben Konop, and Michael Veh, Workforce Development Manager at Lucas County Workforce Development Agency.