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Sen. Brown to visit campus today

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is scheduled to visit Cincinnati State this morning to conduct a press conference with President Owens and officials from BioOhio to promote plans to connect out-of-work Ohioans with jobs in emerging and high-tech industries.

Cincinnati State is partnering with Sinclair Community College on one BioOhio program that trains workers for jobs in bioscience and biomanufacturing industries. The program is supported by federal funds, as is part of the biotech program on main campus. Today’s press conference, in fact, will be held in a newly renovated biotech lab in the Health Professions Building.

At the Workforce Development Center in Evendale, a short-term Bioscience Training Program is being offered collaboratively with Sinclair Community College. As beneficiaries of a U.S. Department of Labor and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant along with BioOhio as lead, Cincinnati State and Sinclair are working together to provide an extensive program in bioscience industry. Together, the two colleges have worked closely with regional pharmaceutical and medical device companies to develop a relevant curriculum which answers the skill requirements found in the Southwest Ohio region. Over the next two years, we will train more than 200 students in a program that focuses on  under-employed, displaced or unemployed workers. In addition, we will train incumbent workers, building upon existing skills and enabling them to have the opportunity to move into higher level jobs with their employer.

Sen. Brown was among those in Congress who helped secure funding for these programs. His committee assignments include the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, & Education.

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