BLUFFTON — Gov. Mike DeWine has signed legislation extending Ohio’s TechCred initiative to a broader set of employers and Ohioans seeking in-demand, tech-focused industry credentials, a priority for the DeWine administration.
The program started this past fall, offering up to $2,000 per employee (or up to $30,000 per employer) toward training that results in an approved, industry certified credential, most of which take less than a year to earn.
The goal of the program is to train Ohio’s workforce ahead of major technological advancements, focusing on the skills employers have said are most useful.
“We are going to help tens of thousands of people over time upskill so as technology gets infused into the modern workplace, that we can elevate people’s skills, their value in the marketplace and also provide employers with the talent they need to compete with anybody in the world,” said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who oversees the administration’s Office of Workforce Administration.
The governor signed the bill Monday at Grob Systems Inc., one of 234 Ohio employers to receive TechCred training grants in 2019.
The bill, sponsored by state Representatives Jon Cross (R-Kenton) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), codifies the TechCred initiative and a similar micro-degree program, open to individuals who would like to earn industry credentials but who don’t have the backing of an employer.
The second round of TechCred grants is now open through the end of the month.
Already, more than 1,500 Ohioans are working toward technology-oriented certificate or certification recognized by the state’s top industries, from manufacturing, robotics and transportation to business, healthcare, construction and information technology.
“Employers get the skills that they need to compete and people, the workers of Ohio, earn a credential they can take anywhere as validation that they have an in-demand skill that employers in this state want,” Husted said. “The bottom line is, everybody wins.”
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