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Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel said Friday he believes the Mahoning Valley will lead the state’s economic comeback.
Mandel toured Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown Friday morning and met with students, teachers, and administrators to talk about the growing demand of vocational education training.
Mandel also wanted to make sure that all students in the state think about the shale industry when it comes to choosing a career path.
“If we’re going to stay strong globally, security wise, and economically, we have to make things in this country,” said Mandel. “I think a strong manufacturing economy contributes not only to jobs for Ohio families but also security for American families.
Mandel has already visited many other career and technical schools in the state.
“I see an area that can really be at the top of the spear leading Ohio’s economic comeback because of the tradition of manufacturing here, because of the new opportunities with oil and gas,” said Mandel. “And because of the work ethic of the people, strong family values, and when I see these kids here in school like this, it motivates me and it makes me optimistic for the future.”
Mandel said it is important to build a strong blue-collar workforce to compete with China, India and Russia.