Ohio Launches TechCred Program
Last week, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the launch of TechCred. This program was included in the state budget and provides funds to reimburse eligible employers for training costs for incumbent and prospective employees to earn a microcredential. This additional credential will hopefully prepare those workers for a job in today’s advanced, technology-infused economy.
“Employers are looking for workers who are prepared with the most up-to-date credentials,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “TechCred will better link businesses with the talent they need and help workers with the skills they need to advance their careers.”
TechCred will allow businesses to identify the specific qualifications they need and the employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. In partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.
An initial list of eligible credentials is provided with the online application, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligibility list by submitting an application for TechCred to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders.
The online application opens October 1, 2019. TechCred is a competitive, merit-based program.
TechCred grew out of a commitment made by Governor 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.