COLUMBUS- Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the approval of $661,013 by the Ohio Controlling Board to Youngtown State University for the Choose Ohio First Co-op/Internship Program:
“I am thrilled to announce the funding for this program at Youngstown State and its education partners across the Valley. These dollars are much deserved and will be a huge asset in attracting and connecting students to emerging industries here in Youngstown. 
“The allocation of this funding is a testament to the importance of Youngstown State to our community’s economy and to preparing Ohioans for perspective careers in oil and gas, medicine, and additive manufacturing industries.  It’s imperative that we prepare ourselves for the jobs of tomorrow and this funding helps to ensure our region is moving in the right direction to continue to attract businesses and jobs.??
The dollars allocated by the Ohio Controlling Board will be invested to engage students, businesses and faculty in co-op and internship programs relevant to Ohio’s workforce needs by helping to close skills gaps where they exist.  The money will  be used by Youngstown State in collaboration with Choffin OTC, Columbiana County OTC, Eastern Gateway Community College, Mahoning County OTC, and Trumbull OTC.

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