Senator Joe Schiavoni Introduces Targeted Workforce Legislation
Bill would encourage collaboration between businesses and schools

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced Senate Bill 140, a workforce development bill that will help train skilled workers and provide targeted assistance to Ohio’s business community. SB 140 is the result of meetings with business leaders, workers, and several chambers of commerce throughout the state.

“In every corner of the state, the number one priority for businesses is ensuring that we have a strong workforce for the future,” said Senator Joe Schiavoni. “That means we need to be investing more into career tech funding for our schools to ensure students are exposed to alternative career paths. We need to do more as a state to encourage collaboration among businesses, local organizations, and higher education institutions. I look forward to pushing these initiatives and priorities throughout the budget process.“

Senator Schiavoni’s jobs bill will total $100 million over the biennium and support businesses and workers in several areas, including: 

Career Tech Education Funding

  • Adds $25 million over the biennium ($12.5 million annually) to the Career Technical Education Fund.
  • Improves access to workforce training programs by assisting students in grades K-12 with shop fees, industry credential testing fees, technology support, etc.
  • Expands existing workforce education programs.

Incentives for Business and Higher Education Partnerships

  • Creates a $25 million competitive grant program between businesses and two and four-year institutions of higher learning that offer associates and industry credential programs.
  • The grant would work as a dollar for dollar match between institutions and businesses to provide students the skills they need for high demand jobs.

Business Development Funding

  • Invests $30 million over the biennium to support existing state programs such as:
    • Minority Business Loan Program
    • Ohio Brownfield Fund
  • Creates the Sector Partnership Grant Program.
    • $10 million each FY will help fund collaboratives that provide employer driven, advanced skills training in targeted industries.
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