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An electrician apprentice works on a circuit box
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Officials in Grove City say they've started a job training reimbursement program that’s the first of its kind in the country.

Amazon employees who are filling boxes in warehouses may be the industry's next engineers.

The company announced Thursday that it will spend more than $700 million to train 100,000 employees for higher-skilled jobs over the next six years.

Erica Miller at the Stanley Electric plant in London, Ohio.
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Like most kids, Erica Miller loved riding the merry-go-round when she was little.  Her mom took her often to the one at the Columbus Zoo. Miller was always more interested in the gears than the ponies, though.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was in Cleveland Monday on the first leg of what he's calling his week-long "Statewide Workforce Tour." The goal is to highlight vocational training programs that provide pathways to well-paying jobs. 

Speaking with executives and students at Tech Elevator, a computer coding school in Cleveland, Husted asked what the state can do to support programs like it. One suggestion: stop requiring bachelor's degrees for state government jobs that focus on computer programming. Husted was receptive to the idea.

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited Dayton on Wednesday to meet with more than 20 local business leaders and state legislators about workforce development. Portman is promoting a number of measures aimed at connecting highly skilled workers with open jobs around the state.

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A new report by a coalition of social service groups says state leaders need to invest more in families, seniors and low-income residents when they approve the next two-year state budget. 

When the Chemours chemical plant in New Johnsonville, Tenn., needed workers to maintain its high-tech machinery, it advertised for them as far as 90 miles away in Nashville in one direction and 150 miles away in Memphis on the other.

It still couldn't fill the jobs.

Columbus Council member Jaiza Page is leaving for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
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Columbus announced the winners of the Learning Skills to Lift Neighborhoods grant on Friday. The program aims to increase affordable housing and provide work experience.

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
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The Republican candidate for governor has rolled out a workforce development and economic investment plan that he describes as cutting edge – focusing on public-private partnerships but also shutting down what he says are regulations that hurt businesses.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown has introduced legislation to address what he says is a growing problem for employers and for people getting treatment for addiction.

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A handful of students sit in a classroom, inside an old school building on the South Side of Columbus. Columbus resident David Givens is one of them.

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At Greenleaf Community Work Habits Program, students watch an animated movie that helps them learn to handle their emotions.

“We’ve been through a lot lately that’s for sure, but we still love our girl. She has great new friends, a great new house. Things couldn’t be better.”

About a half dozen students started the program this fall. It’s geared for developmentally disabled people seeking opportunities outside of a workshop’s controlled environment.