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.