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State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today congratulated the Ohio Department of Education and the Office of Workforce Transformation on their announcement as a recipient of the New Skills for Youth Grant. Awarded by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan & Chase Co., the $2 million grant will strengthen Ohio’s efforts to expand career pathways for students.

“Our highest priority as a state is to make sure our students are prepared with the skills and knowledge they need to make a bright future for themselves,” Rep. Reineke said. “The united efforts of our state agencies, as well as the collaborative support from the General Assembly and the private sector made this grant possible. Ohio must lead the way to create new opportunities for our students. In an ever-changing world and economy, having increased capabilities in career technical education will connect students directly to the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. These are the jobs that our young people will turn into careers, which will give them the meaning and purpose each individual deserves in their life.”

Ohio is one of ten states in the nation to receive the New Skills for Youth Grant. These grants to states, which will be distributed over the next three years, are part of the $75 million, five-year New Skills for Youth initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase, in collaboration with CCSSO and Advance CTE, aimed at strengthening career-focused education starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees or credentials aligned with high-skill jobs.

The funding aligns strongly with the initiatives adopted by Governor John Kasich’s Executive Workforce Board, of which Representative Reineke is a member. These initiatives were approved in December and a part of a comprehensive strategy to make sure Ohio’s students are tuned in to high quality career choices. You can find more information by visiting their website,

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