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Closing the Skill Gap in Ohio

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According to Forbes Magazine Ohio ranks tenth with the biggest looming skilled labor shortage in the country.

As Sam Shriver reports, Rhodes State College is trying to bridge the skill gap between what employees have and what their employers need.

On July 15th this classroom space at Rhodes State College will be utilized to help train workers at Honda and their subsidiaries some new high tech skills.

The Mitsubishi Electric Training Center will be the first certified location in Ohio to provide training for their programmable logic controls.

Margo Meyer, director of advanced manufacturing initiatives at Rhodes State College says the center can be used to help just about anybody improve their skills.

A skills manufacturing gap has been evident in recent years, with high skilled good paying jobs going unfilled according to Doug Durliat, director of the West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium.

While Rhodes State has taken the initiative to develop programs to fit employers needs, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says Congress is taking that one step further as they consider the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success or SECTORS Act of 2013.

The legislation was introduced by senator Brown in late June.

A similar bill is being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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