COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) joined colleague State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today to introduce legislation aimed at strengthening Ohio's workforce development efforts. 

The legislation is part of an ongoing effort by state leaders to create a statewide strategy aimed at preparing the next generation of workers to take on careers in some of Ohio's most in-demand professions.

"Our skilled workforce is our state's greatest economic development asset as job creators seek to expand their operations in Ohio," said Senator Beagle.

In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and Department of Higher Education, Ohio's major industries would help to create a statewide strategic workforce plan for enhancing project-based learning and develop professional development programs that address how to build authentic, real-world, project-based learning into the curriculum.

"This legislation will help raise awareness about high-paying, in-demand career opportunities and equip the workforce of tomorrow with the skills required in a rapidly evolving 21st Century economy," added Senator Beagle.

As part of an effort to connect future workers and employers, regional economic development leaders and education officials would be charged with developing meaningful career service opportunities based on regional workforce needs. 

Building on the theme of increasing awareness about potential careers, the legislation would also establish an annual “Ohio In-Demand Jobs Week” organized by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The designated week would allow middle and high school students an opportunity to participate in job fairs and explore job opportunities with local employers. 

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