COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today co-sponsored legislation aimed at making Ohio's education system more responsive to the workforce demands of the state's 21st century economy. 

As part of an ongoing effort by state leaders, Senate Bill 3 will help in developing a statewide strategy aimed at preparing the next generation of workers to take on careers in some of Ohio's most in-demand professions.

"We must do more to prepare our next generation of workers for employment in the current and future job markets," said Manning. "By connecting educators with employers, Senate Bill 3 will better align the skills taught in the classroom with those needed to fill good-paying jobs."

In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and Department of Higher Education, Ohio's major industries would help to create a statewide strategic workforce plan to enhance project-based learning and develop professional development programs that address how to build authentic, real-world, project-based learning into the curriculum.

A significant gap exists between the number of workers expected to hold degrees and certifications and the estimated labor force demands over the next ten years. The bill seeks to narrow this gap by strengthening the connection between the state's business and education communities. 

Senate Bill 3 will now be referred to the House for further consideration.

The Senate also approved legislation today aimed at showcasing Ohio's vibrant boating and tourism industry, which has a $3.6 billion impact on the state's economy. Designating the month of June as "Ohio Goes Boating Month," the bill seeks to highlight the importance of preserving and protecting Lake Erie, as well as all of Ohio’s waterways, for Ohioans to enjoy.

House Bill 84 now heads to Governor John Kasich to be signed into law. 
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"I am honored and humbled to receive this award today, and am grateful for the hard work of many coalitions and stakeholders who I have collaborated with on these issues," said Senator Manning. "It takes more than just one person to tackle the challenges Ohio faces, and I am fortunate to work alongside people in our community who are full of passion and caring."



 
 

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"I am honored to receive this award today— the goal of our work at the Statehouse is to support our local communities," said Senator Manning. "Our mental health professionals and law enforcement officials need the flexibility and training to effectively deliver critical services and carry out their missions." 



 
 

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"Office hours are an opportunity for me to connect with constituents in the communities where they live, work and raise their families," said Manning. "Effectively serving as your voice in the Ohio Statehouse requires, most importantly, a commitment to listening and understanding your concerns."