Columbus - 
Wright State University has announced a renewed industry partnership that will create 250 jobs related to Ohio's aerospace and defense workforce. The new investment is a direct result of the $11.4 million rewarded in July to the Wright State Research Institute's Defense Aerospace Graduate Studies Institute. Various partners will work together in this job creation endeavour. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has committed itself to creating 100 new jobs while Radiance Technologies and WSRI are both planning to contribute another 50 jobs each. Additional consortia members will round out the group and are expected to combine for an additional 50 new jobs. Senator Peggy Lehner (R - Kettering) played a key role in securing the funding for this project in the new biennial budget which was signed by Governor John Kasich in June. Lehner recently touted the commitment of these various companies, as well as the ongoing work of WSU. "Innovation and sound investment are the keys needed to drive a rebounding economy," said Lehner. "Wright State and the companies involved are proven job creators and innovators, and I can think of no wiser investment that can be made in the ongoing effort to create jobs in Ohio. I look forward to continuing my support and advocacy on behalf of the aerospace and defense industries." Joining Lehner in advocating for the original $11.4 million economic development funding were State Senators Bill Beagle (R - Tipp City), Shannon Jones (R - Springboro) and Chris Widener (R - Springfield), as well as Chancellor Jim Petro and the Ohio Board of Regents.
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COLUMBUS - State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) will join lawmakers and education leaders on Tuesday to announce reforms aimed at addressing cycles of poverty by helping keep students with disciplinary concerns on the path to diploma attainment. 


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“This was a very challenging budget but I feel overall that the neediest in our state have been protected and I hope that the conference committee will continue building on the work that has been done," said Lehner, who serves as a member of the Senate Finance Committee that is charged with balancing the state's two-year budget. "I am especially proud of what we were able to achieve in supporting children in drug-affected families."


Lehner Honors Oakwood High School National Academic Decathlon Champions


"It is an honor to recognize such an intelligent and gifted group of students," said Lehner. "I commend their hard work and dedication in academics and I look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in the coming years." 


Lehner Joins National Experts To Present On Features Of World's Top-Performing Education Systems


"Serving on the NCSL Education Study Group has afforded me the opportunity to explore an array of best practices contributing to the world's top-performing education systems," said Lehner. "We still have much to learn, but I look forward to working with our partners and state lawmakers to implement some of these strategies aimed at maximizing educational outcomes here in Ohio."