State Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon) today announced the unanimous passage of House Bill (HB) 4, his bipartisan bill alongside Rep. Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville) to help streamline the process of developing industry-recognized credential and certificate programs.
“We need more high paying job opportunities for hard-working Ohioans, and we need to help businesses create these jobs in order to fulfill the Ohio promise of a better life and a brighter future. While affordable access to college is important for our children’s future, workforce training and certification are equally important ways for Ohioans to live their American dream. HB 4 will help expand workforce development options for people looking to make a better life for themselves and their families,” said Rep. Robinson.
HB 4 will set up the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) as the “one-stop-shop” and potential first point of contact and resource for employers and companies to 1) be connected to existing certificate or credential programs, 2) vet proposals and get guidance on how to work with schools and state education agencies to develop programs and 3) and help make the process quick and efficient.
Examples could include a tech company moving to the state and training employees in specific computer coding or a new program or a car company creating a new electric or autonomous vehicle with a need for employees trained in special manufacturing and development methods.
“Ohioans don’t want a hand out, they want a leg up, and more training options means better paying jobs and careers. That's the Ohio promise,” added Robinson.
HB 4 passed the House unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.