Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) toured Penta Career Center today in Perrysburg Township where he was able to see a number of the programs the school runs for high school students. Latta was able to see the Public Safety/EMT – Fire Science program where students can earn their basic certifications upon graduation. In addition, Latta saw the welding lab and advanced manufacturing classroom.
Latta was a supporter of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act, legislation which was signed into law recently. The legislation makes a number of key reforms to career and technical education including encouraging better partnerships with employers and local business leaders and streamlining the application process for CTE programs.
“For the first time in our country’s history, the number of available jobs is greater than the number of people looking for work,” said Latta. “That means there is tremendous opportunity for Ohioans to begin careers – in high-paying fields – if they have the right skills and education. In Northwest and West Central Ohio, we’re blessed to have a number of excellent career centers that help prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. With the passage of legislation to modernize CTE programs, even more people will benefit from skill training and career technical education. I’d like to thank the educators and administrators at Penta for showing me around so I can see the great work they do every day.”