Santucci’s Workforce Program Legislation Heads for House Vote

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The House Primary and Secondary Education Committee on Thursday unanimously approved Ohio House Bill 71, which would establish the Community Connectors Workforce Program.

The legislation will now go to the House floor for a full vote.

HB 71, sponsored by state Rep. Nick Santucci of Howland Township, R-64th, would create the program to help prepare students for available jobs to meet the needs of industry employers. Students would be connected to employers to gain professional work experience and internships and to receive career mentorship in an effort to bridge workforce shortages.

“Nearly every business owner I talk to tells me the same thing: They need help finding qualified workers,” Santucci said in a news release. “This legislation can help provide skills to the next generation of young Ohioans as they prepare to enter the workforce while also meeting the needs of employers.”

Pictured at top: The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. (Photo by Alexander Smith)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.