Cera Approves Close To A Half-million In Funding For Local Job Training, Development
Public-private partnerships to let workers earn qualifications and skills for good paying jobs, lawmaker says
October 19, 2017
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State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) this week approved $422,258 to support joint ventures between local colleges and local businesses that help taxpayers earn the skills and qualifications needed for good jobs in in-demand fields. The Eastern Ohio lawmaker voted for the funding at Monday’s meeting of the state Controlling Board, the state spending oversight panel on which Cera serves as one of six legislative members.

“Investing in the skills and talents of working people in our community results in higher wages, better jobs and greater opportunity for our region as a whole,” said Cera. “With this kind of strategic approach, we’re not just better positioned for the future, but we’re meeting workers where they’re at now, transitioning from jobs to good-paying careers that can sustain a family and let people plan for their future.”

Belmont College received $279,775 for its regionally aligned health care and energy industries program and Eastern Gateway Community College received $142,483 for its manufacturing and energy industries program through the state’s RAPIDS (Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills) program. The program supports education and skill training of workers and students for in-demand industries.

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