Rep. Romanchuk 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
December 04, 2017
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State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield) 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), intends to give high school students the opportunity to research all options they can pursue following graduation.

The bill sponsors began working on this legislation after learning about military and skilled trade recruiters who were not able to set up informational tables on certain high school campuses, while higher education institutions were.

“This legislation is extremely important, especially when taking into account that 150,000 jobs statewide, and 3,000 jobs within a 20 mile radius of Mansfield, are currently going unfilled,” stated Rep. Romanchuk. “House Bill 98 will help high school students better assess their options for the future before making critical decisions on which path to pursue.”

House Bill 98 states that representatives of business, industry, charitable institutions, higher education institutions, armed forces, and skilled trades must have 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 vote. The legislation will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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