Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced today that Ohio businesses looking to upskill their workforce can begin applying for the tenth round of TechCred on August 1st. The application period will close on August 31st.
“The TechCred program continues to help individuals earn new skills that give them more job security and greater earning potential,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Ohio businesses benefit as well. They get the talent they need to innovate, grow and compete in a tech-infused economy.”
Since the start of the program, a total of 1,310 Ohio employers have been approved for TechCred, which will fund up to 23,723 tech-focused credentials to upskill Ohio workers. The results of the June round, which closed on June 30th, will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Having a workforce with advanced skills is critical to the success of Ohio businesses and the Ohio economy,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Department of Development. “Credentials earned through TechCred will help both employees and businesses prepare for a brighter future.”
TechCred asks employers to identify the specific skills they need and the number of employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. Then, in partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.gov and the state will reimburse up to $2,000 for the training upon completion of a credential.
“The DeWine-Husted Administration’s new biennial budget continues to focus on student-centered education policies that address affordability and accessibility of higher education and brighten Ohio’s economic future,” said Randy Gardner, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. “That includes a continued commitment to the TechCred program, one of Ohio’s most successful business-education partnerships.”
The recently passed State Operating Budget funds an additional 40,000 technology-focused credentials through the TechCred Program (including IMAP, the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program) in Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023.
Questions about TechCred? Contact the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation at Workforce@OWT.Ohio.Gov.