Senator Manning addresses an audience at Lorain County Community College about the need for more investment in job training programs to support careers in advanced manufacturing

State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) was honored by Lorain County Community College during a special presentation on Monday to recognize her efforts to secure funding for a new mobile welding training unit that supports job training in advanced manufacturing.

Senator Manning was instrumental in helping to secure a grant awarded to Lorain County Community College through the Ohio Department of Education to provide job training opportunities for local manufacturing companies. The grant allowed the college to purchase a 48-foot self-contained trailer equipped with eight state-of-the-art welding stations.

Lorain County Community College officials, on Monday, unveiled a special name plaque that will be displayed above one of the eight welding stations in honor of Senator Manning's efforts to strengthen job training in the region.

"I regularly hear from employers who are seeking skilled welders to fill in-demand, high paying jobs in advanced manufacturing," said Manning. "Our greatest economic development challenge is that we cannot train workers fast enough to fill the jobs currently available. I am honored to join President Church and Lorain County employers to help our community overcome this challenge and to provide the necessary resources to create new jobs that will support Lorain County families."

Experts predict that the U.S. will have a workforce shortage of 300,000 skilled welders by 2024. The average starting salary for welders is between $50,000 and $60,000, with some employers paying as much as $90,000 per year. 

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