WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 28, 2014) - Congresswoman Kaptur invited a first-year teacher in Lorain to be her guest at the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

Manuel "Manny" Santana, a special ed teacher at Clearview High School, took advantage of unemployment benefits to go back to school and earn an education degree from Ashland University.

"When we invest in our people, we reap the dividends for many years to come," said Congresswoman Kaptur. "Manny Santana's experience illustrates the importance of extending employment insurance benefits, especially in a high-unemployment state such as Ohio. It's all about getting people into good jobs."

Mr. Santana had worked at an auto plant and a small manufacturer before he was laid off in 2007. He took advantage of unemployment insurance, including extended benefits, and enrolled in college classes at Ashland through Lorain County Community College, earning his education degree.

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