United States Senator Rob Portman hosted a business and education roundtable on Friday, August 4, 2017, at Tolles Career and Technical Center to draw attention to the future of career-technical and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and its importance in closing the state’s skills gap.
Tolles hosted the event at the request of Senator Portman and the roundtable in the district’s Robotics Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) Center joined together business and educational leaders from Battelle, Amazon, Honda, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Education, Governor John Kasich’s office, Columbus Metro High School, JobsOhio, Nationwide, Boeing and more.
Portman discussed how a skilled workforce and the expansion of career centers and STEM education in the state will help encourage major manufacturers and job creators to select Ohio for their business needs. Business leaders also discussed how the skills gap is impacting their ability to hire an effective workforce.
“We were happy to be part of this important discussion on solving the state’s skills gap,” said Tolles Superintendent Emmy Beeson, who began with the district on August 1. “Career-tech has played a vital role in workforce development for more than 40 years, and Tolles is certainly positioned through our strong STEM programs to address the needs brought to the forefront during the roundtable hosted by Senator Portman.”