TechCred is back with Program Changes to Support COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Current application period began Monday, June 1st and, will continue thru June 30.

Last week, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that 150 Ohio companies have been approved for TechCred funding, which will help them upskill their current and incoming workforces to meet the needs of the increasingly tech-focused economy, particularly amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

The next application period for the TechCred program is now open and will run through June 30th, allowing another opportunity for companies to train current and or incoming employees.

To support the changing needs of Ohio businesses and workers during the economic recovery, following the COVID-19 crisis, the following changes have been made to the TechCred program:

  • To make TechCred more flexible for upskilling new hires, employers are no longer required to list employee names when applying for TechCred. Instead, they will identify the number of current or prospective employees they will upskill.
  • To account for possible staffing changes, employers who were awarded in October 2019, January 2020, and March 2020 rounds of TechCred may now substitute employees listed in their original applications.
  • Employers awarded in October 2019 and January 2020, who had credential programs interrupted by the crisis, may request to extend their 18-month award eligibility timeline.
  • Employees can now earn multiple credentials during each application period.

The last round of TechCred applications closed at the end of March 2020. Today, 150 Ohio employers were approved, which will result in up to 1,045 credentials to upskill Ohio workers. With the approvals announced today, a total of 500 Ohio employers have been approved for reimbursement, which will result in the earning of up to 4,232 technology-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

Employers can request that unlisted credentials be added to the eligible list by submitting an application for the TechCred program. Credentials will be reviewed by a panel of experts as each application is reviewed.

Visit TechCred.Ohio.Gov for more information.

At MAX, we are actively engaged with the TechCred team in Lt. Governor Jon Husted’s office and will be happy to answer questions or connect you directly.  This program has been amended to make eligibility, application, and enrollment much easier than in the past. Please take advantage of this opportunity.      

We also have set up a webinar on July 9, 2020, with John Sherwood, Workforce Project Manager, Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to answer any questions, you may have as you prepare for future rounds of TechCred.

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