Governor MiKe DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted officially unveiled the State of Ohio’s new “TechCred” program at Cincinnati State Community College on September 26. The program’s mission is two-fold: provide employees with the opportunity to earn industry-recognized, tech-focused credentials and connect those tech-trained employees with businesses to fill critical positions within their companies.
“No matter your industry, technology is having an impact on your business and the nature of your work,” Husted said in a state-issued release. “TechCred links businesses with the talent they need and provides a path for employees to advance their career. It is a win-win for Ohio.”
Employer funding will be made available via application to small employers (1-50 employees), medium-sized employers (51-200) and large employers (201+), with a $30,000 cap for each individual employer in the first round of funding. Multiple rounds of funding are expected. Employers will be reimbursed between $500-$2,000 for each certificate earned per employee. The first application period will be open October 1 through October 31, 2019. Additional funding rounds are expected later this year, with full details expected soon.
Any employer with W2 employees will be eligible to apply, which includes public sector employers. Contract employees or independent contracts receiving a 1099 will not be eligible. Some coursework criteria for this TechCred program includes:
- Industry-recognized certificates
- Technology-focused within any occupation that utilizes technology to develop, build and deliver products and services
- Certificate can be completed in 12 months, with either less than 30 credit hours or 900 clock hours
- Complete eligibility requirements and program details are available at Ohio.Gov
“TechCred’s focus on industry-recognized credentials and training available through community colleges is a strong validation of the work we have done to build bridges to businesses. I applaud how Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Husted are responding to both the big-picture challenge of our state’s demographic shifts, but also the near-term challenges of finding workers with the skills businesses need. It’s a complex set of issues that TechCred addresses well and community colleges are well positioned to play a big role in providing solutions,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president.
“NSCC is cited in Ohio and in the nation for our flexibility and innovation in helping employers in northwest Ohio. Tech Cred gives us the opportunity to deepen existing relationships and develop new relationships as we help local businesses keep their competitive advantage in the market – a well-trained and innovative team,” Thomson continued.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Additional information on the State of Ohio TechCred program can be found at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. Businesses and Organizations interested in partnering with Northwest State are encouraged to contact Tori Atkinson, workforce and Apprenticeship program manager with Custom Training Solutions, a division of Northwest State Community College, at 419.267.1219 or tatkinson@NorthwestState.edu.