Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced that the application periods for both TechCred and the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP) launch today and will run through the end of November.
“Both TechCred and IMAP continue to do well, and demand is strong among businesses, training providers and Ohioans wanting to learn a new, tech-focused skill,” said Husted. “With Ohio winning big on economic development projects around the state, we’ll need to fill the open jobs with the right kind of talent, and the application opportunities announced today aim to help on that effort and boost our workforce.”
TechCred Application Period Launches for Ohio Businesses
The 17th round of TechCred launches today. This program helps businesses address their workforce needs by upskilling current and prospective employees. Businesses of all sizes, from any industry, are eligible for up to $30,000 per round and up to $180,000 per year. Since TechCred launched, nearly 2,000 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of nearly 50,000 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees.
The application period for businesses opens today, Nov. 1, 2022, and closes Nov. 30, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. Apply now at TechCred.Ohio.Gov.
“Businesses across the state take advantage of the TechCred program because it helps their employees and business at the same time,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “This will be the last application round in 2022, and we encourage businesses that haven’t participated to apply now.”
Results for the September round of TechCred will be announced in the very near future.
IMAP Application Period Launches for Ohio Training Providers
The fourth round of the IMAP grant opportunity launches today. This program helps Ohioans who are low-income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed participate in a training program and receive one or more credential(s) for free.
The grant is currently open for training providers, which includes two-year and four-year colleges and universities, career centers, and private training providers, that once approved, would be reimbursed up to $3,000 for each completed technology-focused credential issued.
The application period for training providers begins today, Nov. 1, 2022, and closes Nov. 30, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. Training providers interested in applying can visit the IMAP website for more information.
“These programs are just two examples of meaningful opportunity that Ohio offers when it comes to education and training,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “They’re essential to a healthy economy and a skilled workforce that can adapt to today’s changes in technology.”
Individuals and training providers interested in learning more about these programs can visit: Workforce.Ohio.gov/Initiatives.