The Office of Workforce Transformation in Ohio will open a new round of TechCred applications from January 4 through January 29, 2021 at 3:00 PM.
Since the program’s inception, TechCred has completed six rounds of funding. In the most recent funding round, which ended in October, 246 Ohio employers were approved, which allows funding for 3,000 credentials.
TechCred provides employers with the opportunity to support employees through the advancement of their technological skills. Employees can earn credentials in subject matter including manufacturing technology, construction technology, business technology, cybersecurity, robotics, and information technology fields. A list of eligible credentials is available at https://techcred.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/techcred/about/credential-list/.
Employers may also request approval for credentials not included on this list. Eligible credentials must meet the following criteria:
- Short-term (the program must be able to be completed in less than one calendar year and consist of fewer than 900 clock hours or 30 credit hours)
- Technology focused
- Includes certificates, which are earned by successfully completing training or courses, or certifications, which are earned by passing a standardized test recognizing an individual’s competency in a particular field.
Due to the ongoing status of the COVID-19 pandemic, online and distance-learning programs are encouraged.
Interested employers should visit https://techcred.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/techcred/apply to apply for the TechCred program. The Ohio Development Services Agency reviews applications and awards funding. Businesses can be awarded up to $2,000 per credential and $30,000 per funding round, which is reimbursed to the employer when the employee obtains the approved credential or completes the approved program.
To learn more about Ohio’s TechCred program, visit techcred.ohio.gov. For questions about this program or other support for manufacturers, contact a member of HBK Manufacturing Solutions by calling 330-758-8613 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.