Gov. Mike DeWine on Jan. 13 signed House Bill 2, which codifies the TechCred and Industry Sector Partnerships programs and creates an Individual Microcredential Assistance Program.
DeWine’s office said the TechCred program, launched in October, is helping Ohioans to learn new skills and employers to build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy. The credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.
Through TechCred, businesses can identify the specific qualifications they need and 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.
Ohio companies interested in investing in their current or prospective employees by connecting them with technology-focused credentials can apply.
A list of eligible credentials is provided, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligibility list, with suggestions to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders.