MVMC to Receive IMAP Training Provider Funding

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition is one of 15 training providers in the state that will share $6.2 million to provide education at no cost through the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program. 

The program creates the opportunity for Ohioans to earn technology-focused credentials at an approved provider for free.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who is also director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the grants Tuesday.

“Today’s announcement more than doubles the number of credentials available than in the most previous round of IMAP,” Husted said. “We want to remove barriers to job training so more Ohioans can learn skills that are needed now and in the future, and that’s what we’re doing through the IMAP program.”

The 15 training providers, which include four-year universities, two-year colleges, career centers and private education providers, will be reimbursed up to $3,000 for each approved technology-focused credential earned. The addition of the new providers creates the opportunity for Ohioans to earn up to 3,390 additional credentials at no cost to them.

The program recently expanded, opening the opportunity to all Ohioans, not just those who are low-income, partially employed or unemployed. Training through IMAP is offered both in person and online.

“Training and upskilling aren’t just workforce buzzwords,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “They are the keys to unlocking opportunities for individuals and businesses alike. Programs like this reflect our commitment to preparing Ohioans for quality, higher-paying jobs and helping companies fill in-demand positions.”

Mike Duffey, chancellor at the Ohio Department of Higher Education, lauded the IMAP program.

“This is one more way Ohio is making higher education more accessible and more affordable for all students while ensuring a pipeline of skilled workers in these growing, high-demand technology fields,” he said.

More information about the program is available HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.