State Senator Joe Uecker (R–Loveland) today announced that the Senate has passed Senate Bill 1, a new OhioMeansJobs initiative that aims at helping Ohio’s unemployed and underemployed find work through continued education and job training.
The bill authorizes a revolving fund, which will provide loans to Ohioans who need additional job training. The loans will be distributed through public and private colleges, universities, and career centers.
“As it is one of my primary goals while serving as a member of the State Senate to continue to create a jobs friendly environment for Ohio, the passage of this bill brings the state of Ohio one step closer to that goal. It is my hope that we continue to move forward in this direction throughout the next two years of this General Assembly.
The plan ensures that priority status is given to schools and career centers that already have close ties with area businesses. This relationship will help shape the curriculum in a way that prepares graduates for open job opportunities, thus facilitating quick job placement.
The program will be funded using $25 million in existing revenue from casino licensure fees. Each institution can apply for up to $100,000 and loan up to $10,000 per student, annually.
The bill will now move to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.