TechCred Funds 348 Employers in July

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In July, 348 employers were approved for funding through Ohio’s TechCred program, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said Wednesday.

The funding will provide the opportunity for Ohioans to earn 3,855 tech-focused credentials, Husted, who serves as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced in a news release. Manufacturing and construction topped the list of industries applying for tech-infused credentials during the 15th and most recent application period for the program.

Last month, Husted reported that TechCred officially reached and exceeded the goal set in the state budget to fund 20,000 industry-recognized, tech-based credentials each year. 

“To keep Ohio moving forward, we need a highly skilled workforce, resulting in better pay for workers and increased productivity for businesses,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development.

“TechCred has proven its importance to Ohio businesses and their employees, especially as we continue to see the program grow and be successful,” Husted said. “Giving Ohioans the opportunity to upskill or reskill themselves is vital to our economy and workforce.”

With the approvals announced today, a total of 1,958 Ohio employers have been approved for funding through the TechCred program, supporting the earning of 48,632 tech-focused credentials by employees.

TechCred has enabled nearly 2,000 Ohio employers “to thrive with a workforce that keeps up with changes in technology,” Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner said.

The current TechCred application period opens Thursday and will close at 3 p.m. Sept. 30. Businesses with employees who have completed their approved TechCred training should complete the reimbursement process at TechCred.Ohio.gov.

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