Program Exceeds 20,000 Approved Credentials
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the results of the April TechCred application period Thursday.
Following eight rounds, over 23,700 credentials have been approved through TechCred, exceeding the DeWine-Husted Administration’s goal for the first two years of the program.
“Since October of 2019, we have created the opportunity for thousands of Ohioans to earn tech credentials at no cost, helping boost their employability and earning potential, and providing businesses the talent they need to compete and win,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “The result is a faster-growing economy in Ohio, where businesses and their employees both earn more and prosper.”
The most recent TechCred application period closed at the end of April. Today, 310 Ohio employers were approved for funding, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 3,882 tech-focused credentials.
In addition, more small businesses took advantage of the program this round than ever before, with 124 small businesses requesting credentials.
“Businesses are looking for workers with the skills to compete in the global marketplace,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “TechCred helps Ohio businesses upskill their workforce and employees advance their careers.”
With the approvals announced Thursday, a total of 1,310 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 23,723 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees. This round fulfills a commitment made by Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund 10,000 credentials each year to help close the skills gap for growing technology jobs. This commitment was met within the first 19 months of the program.
“The fact that the DeWine-Husted Administration’s goal for TechCred has been exceeded well ahead of schedule speaks not only to the need for this kind of program, but also to the importance of such a program to Ohio’s employers and economy,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “TechCred is yet another way that Ohio is providing educational opportunities while meeting workforce needs.”
The ninth TechCred application period opened on Tuesday, June 1st and closes June 30th at 3:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the program at TechCred.Ohio.gov