Rep. Reineke Announces Passage Of "Ohio High School Career Opportunity Act"
HB 98 gives skilled trades and other recruiters two opportunities per year to speak with students in grades 9-12
November 30, 2017
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State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) announced passage of legislation establishing a minimum access standard for skilled trade, military and higher education recruiters on high school campuses. House Bill 98, sponsored by State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Kristen Boggs (D-Columbus), is intended to give high school students the opportunity to thoroughly research all options that they are able to pursue following graduation.

The bill sponsors began working on this legislation after learning about military and skilled trade recruiters who were not allowed to set up informational tables on certain high school campuses, while higher education institutions were granted the privilege of communicating with students.

“House Bill 98 is one of many steps forward that Ohio must take to reduce the discriminatory stigma associated with the skilled trades,” said Reineke. “If a student is interested in working with their hands and wishes to enter the workforce upon graduation and earning their postsecondary credential, then we should encourage rather than discourage those aspirations. Ohio needs a competent, skilled, and diversified workforce for the 21st century economy. When we have thousands of unfilled, well-paying jobs across the state, students and parents need to consider all of the great options that are available to them.”

House Bill 98 states that representatives of business, industry, charitable institutions, higher education institutions, armed forces, and skilled trades must be given at least two opportunities per school year to present information to Ohio students in grades 9-12. The legislation would establish the first minimum access standard of its kind, putting skilled trades, higher education and military recruitment on equal level.

There is currently no such standard in place for these entities. High schools can refuse access completely, leaving universities, trade schools and armed forces without any process for appealing the decision. This has led organizations such as the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council to give up trying to connect with students while at school.

The Ohio House passed HB 98 with a unanimous. The legislation will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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