Strickland calls to expand job training programs so workers can get the skills they need to get hired
COLUMBUS, OH — Today Ted Strickland met with students and workers who are participating in an apprenticeship program in the Cleveland area, highlighting his support for continuing education programs that help Ohio’s working people get the skills they need to land a good paying job.
Strickland met with workers participating in several programs: a fourth year glazier’s class, a second year painter’s class and a welder’s class. The apprenticeship program is offered through the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades of District Council 6 in Strongsville, which has endorsed Strickland.
During the event, Strickland spoke about his working class upbringing and how educational opportunities provided him with a pathway to opportunity. In the U.S. Senate, he pledged to support initiatives that will strengthen and expand job training programs for workers — like the bipartisan LEAP Act which would provide tax credits to businesses that offer apprenticeships. In addition to supporting educational programs like apprenticeships, Strickland has called to make higher education more affordable and accessible by expanding and protecting the Pell Grant and Perkins Loan programs, allowing students to refinance their loans at a fair interest rate, and ultimately working to make higher education debt-free.
"Apprenticeship and job training programs help working people get the skills they need to land a good paying job, and we should be doing all we can to support and expand these programs so they are available to every Ohioan who wants to take advantage of them,” said Ted Strickland. “The students I met with today are getting real-world training that will help them pursue more economic opportunity for themselves and their families. My own brothers worked as concrete finishers — it’s good work, but for me education changed the course of my life. Whether a student wants to pursue an apprenticeship or a four year degree, we need to make education more affordable and available for working families at every level. As governor I worked to expand these kinds of partnerships between labor groups, students and schools. And in the U.S. Senate I will continue fighting so that Ohio’s working people can get the education and training they need to succeed."
"Ted's always stood with working people, and we were happy he is so interested in supporting and expanding apprenticeship programs for more Ohioans,” said IUPAT District Council 6 Director of Governmental Affairs Gary McPheron. “Ted has always fought for the values and principles that Ohio's working families believe in, and we are proud to support his campaign.”