Ohio Treasurer Advocates Educational Initiatives To Develop Workforce; Applauds Brown Mackie Location

Career College Central Summary:

  • Maintaining a workforce with the necessary skills for today’s jobs is a key stumbling block within Ohio’s economy, according to a Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
  • But he seemed impressed with what he saw Monday during a tour of the Brown Mackie College on Munson Street NW.
  • “As chief financial officer of the state, one of the things I think about when I wake up in the morning is how we can create an environment for a vibrant and growing economy,” Mandel, a Republican from the Cleveland area, said.
  • “One of the main challenges we face as a state, as the baby boomers retire, we are seeing a shortage of skilled workers in many important fields.”
  • Three important fields identified by Mandel are oil and gas industry, machining and health care.
  • Brown Mackie College is a private, for-profit college which considers itself a “career college,” said Peter Perkowski, president of this campus.
  • Perkowski said Brown Mackie students tend to finish their curriculum in a shorter period of time than at traditional universities.
  • Mandel seemed particularly impressed when he was told the majority of the Brown Mackie students on this campus are mothers, many of whom hold jobs.
  • “I think our economy in Ohio needs more institutions like Brown Mackie, which are training Ohioans to work in health care and other important fields.” Mandel said. 

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