GALLIPOLIS — Both Electrocraft and the Gallia Republican Century Club hosted Ohio Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Jon Husted as he visited Gallia County Thursday.
“There’s a winning opportunity because businesses need talent to compete with the rest of the world,” said Husted. “With skills elevated, people are worth more for themselves and families. Education and training is the bridge across which everybody can walk and win.”
Husted approved of partnerships between Electrocraft and area educational institutions in an attempt to provide education and job opportunities of varying degrees for area residents.
“There has been this misconception that the path to success is going away to this place called college for four years and living in a dorm or an apartment and getting your bachelors degree and that’s the road,” said Husted. “That is certainly one of the ways but not the only way. More and more, the real economy demands a job skill and those skills are available in local career centers, job training, industry credentialed certifications, partnerships between local education and businesses who will train the people and talent they need. It’s no longer necessary or wise to go and spend $100,000 or more on a college education when you can get a real job skill free of charge, paid for by the taxpayer at your local educational or career center.”
During the Gallia Republican Century Club meeting, Husted shared his feelings on family.
“There are a lot of kids who are facing a lot of challenges in our communities,” said Husted. “The American family is about as broken as its ever been. That’s a shame because the family is the foundation of our society. It’s where our kids get love and it’s where they’re taught right from wrong and understand how they’re supposed to act and treat other people.”
Husted stressed the importance of adoption and how it provided opportunities and love for children who would otherwise never see it. Husted shared that he was lucky to have the parents he had as he also was adopted as a child. He credited them with his work ethic and success.
“We’ve got to do a better job by our kids if we’re going to be a great nation,” said Husted. “We want to see the hill a little less steep for them to make it to the American Dream because a lot of them don’t think that they can (attain) it anymore.”
Husted shared that he felt wages had not kept pace with cost of living and it was important to make certain youth had the skills to deal with an uncertain future to become innovators.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.