SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted paid a visit to Apollo Career Center on Tuesday for the school’s second annual Career Expo.
It was also the first year the vocational school hosted a Signing Day.
“You see, a lot of times we celebrate high school students when they sign Division I scholarships to play football or basketball but what we’re talking about are high school graduates who are signing up with employers to go out and take real jobs that provide a great living for them, a future for them and it can happen right here in places like Apollo,” said Husted.
More than 120 graduates of Apollo put pen to paper and committed to working for a local or area employer.
“Apollo is helping train the workforce for the future. The number one issue for employers, the number one issue for economic development professionals, is the lack of a trained, qualified workforce. The nature of work is changing. The nature of the skills you need to get these great jobs is changing. We’ve got to match those two and Apollo and the students here are learning these skills, they are helping supply the talent that employers need to compete and win,” Husted added.
Husted called the expo and Signing Day something to celebrate.
“Places like Apollo are the most important economic development tools for a community. It’s developing the workforce of the future. I’m here to celebrate it because you’ve got to celebrate what you want to see more of. More students coming to career centers actually getting the skills that employers need is something worth celebrating,” said Husted.
Funding schools, like Apollo, has been on the mind of legislators as the DeWine administration continues to work on a new two-year budget.
Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) recently came out with a comprehensive bi-partisan school funding reform proposal, but it’s looking more and more like that proposal is dead.
“The Speaker of the (Ohio) House has said that the Cupp-Patterson proposal is not the direction they’re going to go, that they’re going to go with the foundation that (the DeWine administration) put in the budget and I think it’s important to understand what that is. It is targeting money on … kids that grow up in poverty who are falling behind and it’s going to put more resources into those schools, more resources to support those students so that they get the foundation that they need to come to places like Apollo and get an education and succeed in life,” Husted said.
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