Education & Workforce Development

Strengthening our economy starts in our classrooms and extends into our workplaces. By improving the delivery and alignment of early childhood education, K-12 education, and postsecondary education, we can better prepare Ohioans to compete in a global economy.  Additionally, by investing in a workforce development system that meets the needs of high-growth, regional industries, we can attract new employers to our state. For these reasons, I will continue to fight to ensure that all Ohioans have access to high-quality, affordable education and the training they need for success in the workforce.  


  • Brown Announces More Than $5 Million To Strengthen Health Education And Workforce Development In Rural And Underserved Ohio Communities

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that Ohio institutions have been awarded a five-year grant totaling $5,245,899 to strengthen the state’s Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and improve health education and workforce development for rural and underserved communities. The award was granted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The project will serve 67 Ohio counties and more than 7.8 million Ohioans.

    “This is about training Ohioans for jobs in one of our state’s most important industries while strengthening health care in rural and un…Read More

    Posted on 10/1/2012 | Akron, Health Care, Lima, University, Cleveland, rural, Education, Funding, Toledo, Canton, More Tags
  • Brown Joins Ohio University Students To Discuss College Affordability

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined students at Ohio University today to discuss efforts to keep college affordable for all Ohioans. Earlier this year, student loan debt outpaced credit card debt, soaring to more than $1 trillion.

    “Now more than ever, a college degree is the key to good-paying jobs and a secure future,” Brown said. “But increasingly high debt means fewer students will be able to buy a home, start a business, or continue on to graduate school. Students who are already struggling to afford higher education shouldn’t worry about high interest rates and bills rolling in after graduation. That’s why I’m work…Read More

    Posted on 9/29/2012 | Ohio University, College Affordability, Education, Debt, College, Students, Student loans, University, Student Loan, Loans
  • With Limited Spots Left Nationwide, Brown Alerts Ohio Veterans To Next Deadline For Federal Training Program That Helps Unemployed Vets Land High-Demand Jobs

    COLUMBUS, OH - With limited spots remaining nationwide, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) highlighted a newly-available jobs retraining assistance program made possible through the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. Alongside a jobless veteran who is training for a new career at Cincinnati State Community College through Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) funds, Brown urged southwest Ohio veterans to apply for the program which has already accepted 1,940 Ohio veterans.

    “Just as we invest in our servicemembers while they’re on the battlefield, we should do the same when they return home,” Brown said. “The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program will…Read More

    Posted on 9/26/2012 | Ohio, Jobs, Veterans
  • Sen. Brown Announces New Resources To Improve Nutrition For Students In Athens County

    Live Healthy Appalachia in Athens County received new federal resources to expand its Food is Elementary nutrition program. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a $53,000 grant for Live Healthy Appalachia to expand its program, which has proven to reduce Body Mass Index, influence food choices among children and their parents, and encourage improvements in school lunch programs.

    “School nutrition programs ensure that students get the healthy foods they need to perform well both in and out of the classroom,” Brown said. “These new federal resources will help Athens Co…Read More

    Posted on 9/24/2012 | Grant, Nutrition, Schools, Athens, Sen. Brown, Appalachia
  • Brown Announces Nearly $6.7 Million for Sinclair Community College To Expand Career Training Program for Jobless Workers

    New federal resources will allow Sinclair Community College to expand its jobs training programs for unemployed workers. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funding will provide Sinclair with $6.7 million for unemployed workers to earn certificates and degrees in Information Technology (IT). The resources will help serve workers who lost their jobs due to unfair foreign trade-and qualify for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)—and veterans.

    “Ohioans who work hard and play by the rules should not be left to struggle when they lose their job through no fault of their own,” Brown said. “This…Read More

    Posted on 9/19/2012 | College, Workers, Trade
  • Sen. Brown Announces New Federal Resources to Expand Academic Programs at Wilberforce University in Greene County

    Wilberforce University in Greene County will receive new federal resources to improve academic quality and increase development. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $1,231,005 was awarded to Wilberforce University to strengthen educational resources. The U.S. Department of Education funds, distributed under the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, will be used to strengthen institutional management, fiscal stability, student services, and academic quality.

    "Wilberforce is one of Ohio's great institutions of higher learning," said Brown. "These funds will allow WU to continue providing high-quality education and help th…Read More

    Posted on 9/19/2012 | University, Sen. Brown, College