Ohio TechCred Training Programs Reach Milestone

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio TechCred program has exceeded its goal to fund 20,000 industry-recognized credentials this year, according to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

Husted, also director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced Tuesday the results of the May round of TechCred, which will enable Ohioans to earn nearly 4,000 tech-focused credentials. This most recent round marks a TechCred milestone, he said, as the program reached and exceeded the goal outlined in the most recent state budget.  

“Technology and technical job skills are becoming more important for Ohio’s economic future each and every day, and TechCred is a great way for businesses to keep their workforce competitive, while helping Ohioans upskill so they can earn more and grow in their careers,” Husted said.

He announced that 293 Ohio employers have been approved for funding in the 14th round of the program, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 3,953 technology-focused credentials.

Manufacturing businesses topped the list of awarded credentials, requesting nearly 1,900 tech-focused credentials. Since the start of the program, almost half of the businesses using TechCred have been awarded multiple times.

With the approvals announced Tuesday, a total of 1,891 Ohio employers have been approved for funding through the TechCred program, supporting the earning of 44,777 tech-focused credentials by employees.

“The numbers make it clear – there is an ongoing need for employers to upskill their workers for continued success and growth,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner said. “The TechCred program remains a vital part of a thriving economy in Ohio and is a win-win for all involved.”

The current TechCred application period opened July 1 and will close July 29that 3 p.m. For more information, go to TechCred.Ohio.gov.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.