COLUMBUS—State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) recently toured Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) to encourage more cyber security workforce development, in coordination with the 88th district’s higher education institutions, to promote education in STEM-related fields.

Rep. Reineke joined Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek), chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education, and the presidents of Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, and Terra State University to discuss workforce needs at the base. Currently, the base is experiencing a multitude of job openings, but a lack of skilled workers in the fields of cyber security, mathematics, science, and technology.

”Workforce continues to be an important issue in my district and across the state,” said Rep. Reineke. “I’m proud of the unique resources being leveraged at our local universities, which are providing a talent pipeline in the areas of cyber and water security.”

During the tour, participants visited the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Human Effectiveness Wing, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and the 88th Air Base Wing.

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