Please feel free to attribute the below comments in whole or in part to Jack Hershey, President & CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, in connection with the announcement of House Bill 1. The OACC represents the presidents and trustees of Ohio’s 23 community colleges. For more information about the OACC, please go to




“Ohio’s community college leaders are gratified that House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Rep. Kirk Schuring recognize the value of credit and non-credit training as avenues to help citizens get the technical training they need for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Jack Hershey, President and CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.


“Rep. Schuring’s bill rightly recognizes that one of the keys to a prosperous Ohio is a quality workforce. The OACC believes that Rep. Schuring’s proposal is forward thinking and innovative, especially structuring the proposed grants in a way that rewards students for reaching milestones and also structuring the program to include practical work experience,” Hershey said.


“The OACC fully supports the proposal and we look forward to working with the Speaker and Rep. Schuring to bring the idea to reality,” he said.





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