Forward Thinking Meeting Community Needs
My campaign also advocates for Ohio to produce a new state curriculum and general new approach to primary and secondary education in Ohio such as reduced testing, later starting times and renewed emphasis on languages and music. My plan also calls for much enhanced trade education as Ohio continues to experience a shortage of trained labor across the trades.
To prepare for the next generation economy Ohio needs to fully address the educational component that will be absolutely critical for our economy to grow. Trade schools, for instance, need to have expanded curriculums right away that include electrical and mechanical training on installation of new charging and fueling stations for transportation’s next evolution. CNG and LNG engines, compressors and pumps, steam turbines, power grid components all require specialized training.
A common complaint amongst national fleet trucking companies about transitioning to CNG engines from diesel is the lack of trained mechanics along their routes. We need to examine forming partnerships with national truck stop repair facilities for specific job training programs affiliated with Ohio trade schools. In many cases, these partnerships and/or sponsorships already exist with auto and truck companies but the emphasis is now on transitioning to CNG and LNG burning engines and being able to answer that demand.
On Skilled Trades
With the sudden rise in electric vehicles, including trucks, (EV) there is already demand for constructing readily accessible EV ports. Students could also benefit in learning how to install gas and diesel to natural gas conversions for cars and trucks or installing electric drive motors and transmissions. During the next five to ten years, whole new grids for information, transportation and energy are going to need to be installed and maintained.
That means thousands of jobs for carpenters, computer installers and programmers, drivers, electricians, mechanics, pipefitters and welders to name just a handful. As pointed out earlier, robotics already plays a large role in Ohio education, beginning in the middle and high school levels.
The imperative now is to hone those skills further right here in Ohio by providing more grants for post-secondary education at Ohio colleges and technical schools.
Educating for the Jobs of Tomorrow
Ohio could start a new program for high school students and graduates who desire to work on Ohio’s economic transformation in exchange for wages and/or university credit. This could be a way of making college more affordable.
Ohio possesses an abundance of institutions for higher learning, probably more than most states. Private and Public College and Universities, Research Centers and Laboratories are sprinkled generously throughout the state and attract students from all over the country and the world. Yet how many Ohioans can afford to attend the local college in their hometown.
One of the purposes is to provide those kinds of opportunities for people to attend the school of their choice, which may be just down the street from where they live. Given the fact that more and more people are engaged in online studies for post-secondary studies from out of state institutions, some of Ohio’s invaluable brick and mortar institutions are at risk of falling attendance. A long term work study program allied with Ohio colleges may be able to fill those seats up in the classrooms.