Dec 13

The first application period for the new “TechCred” program, supporting businesses in training existing employees to upskill them toward a more advanced position, closed on Oct. 31 and results for those applications were announced Friday.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who leads the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and other initiatives, said applications were approved for 234 employers, which will provide 1,576 credentials to current workers. Husted and other state officials traveled around the state to promote the program during the first application period. (See The Hannah Report, 10/4/19.)

Businesses identify the specific qualifications they need and which employees will pursue upskilling, then partner with a training provider to apply for reimbursement of up to $2,000 worth of training costs paid by the state once the individual attains their credential.

“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,” Husted said in a release. “(This) announcement means that over 1,500 Ohioans will soon be better prepared for the next step in their career.”

"These tech credentials will add value to the workplace, increase job security and lead to higher wages,” added Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik. “This will be a catalyst for both businesses and workers to succeed in new ways.”

The next period for applications will open on Jan. 2, 2020, and the program has expanded to include 219 additional technology-focused credentials in response to employer feedback. The program initially had 160 credentials, and this brings the list to 379.

Husted said the expanded list “demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that TechCred is meeting the needs of employers and keeping them and Ohio’s workforce competitive.”

Newly added credentials include fields such as additive manufacturing, expertise in specific software and various IT roles and welding certification.

“TechCred is an innovative way to meet the demands of an ever-changing workforce, and will positively impact our workers, our employers, and our state well into the future,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.

Story originally published in The Hannah Report on December 9, 2019. Copyright 2019 Hannah News Service, Inc.