(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced today that awards are being distributed following the first application period of the TechCred program.
“TechCred gives Ohio employers the chance to help mold their future workforce and develop the talent they need in order to grow in the community,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Today’s announcement means that over 1,500 Ohioans will soon be better prepared for the next step in their career.”
Applications were approved for 234 Ohio employers, resulting in 1,576 credentials that will help upskill Ohio workers.
“These tech credentials will add value to the workplace, increase job security, and lead to higher wages,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the state economic development agency. “This will be a catalyst for both businesses and workers to succeed in new ways.”
TechCred asks employers to identify the specific qualifications they need and 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 of training upon completion of a credential.
The next online application period opens on January 2, 2020.
TechCred fulfills a commitment made by Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund the completion of 10,000 microdegrees each year in order to aid in closing the skills gap for growing technology jobs.
Earlier this week, Lt. Governor Husted also announced that 219 additional technology-focused credentials have been approved for inclusion and potential funding through the TechCred program. You can learn more about the program at TechCred.Ohio.gov.