New programs to help Ohioans receive job training

    State officials attended a ceremonial bill signing for House Bill 2 codifying the TechCred and IMAP programs. (Photo courtesy the governor's office.)

    New programs meant to offer job training opportunities to Ohioans are established with the signing of House Bill 2.

    Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and other state economics officials were on-hand for a signing ceremony Monday at a machine shop in Bluffton.

    HB2, sponsored by state Reps. Jon Cross, R-Kenton, and Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, makes official the creation of TechCred and the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP).

    In essence, the programs reimburse employers who encourage their workers to receive credential training as well as Ohioans who seek out the training as individuals.

    Businesses can apply for credential reimbursement of up to $2,000 for current or prospective employees online at techcred.ohio.gov. The list of available credentials is extensive, ranging from computer programming to electrical maintenance and web design.

    With IMAP, training providers can apply for reimbursement of up to $3,000 to educate Ohioans, a news release from Lepore-Hagan described. The program is meant to aid low-income, underemployed and unemployed residents.

    Tyler Buchanan
    Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.