Clark State prepared to help with new round of TechCred applications

Clark State Community College is prepared for round four of TechCred application assistance, which the state lifted the requirement that only individuals currently employed would be eligible. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Clark State Community College is prepared to assist with the next round of applications for Ohio’s TechCred Program, in which the state has also lifted a certain eligibility requirement, according to a release from the school.

The state is now accepting its fourth round of applications for the TechCred Program, which is designed to train workers for in-demand jobs, and the state reimburses qualifying employers up to $2,000 for training costs.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced this fourth round of funding last week, along with Lt. Gov. John Husted announcing that the state will lift the requirement that only individuals currently employed would be eligible, the release said.

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“The changes made for this fourth round of TechCred funding will continue to serve our employers and strengthen the workforce pipeline,” said Lesli Beavers, director of workforce and business solutions. “The ability to apply for reimbursement for future hires is a huge value add. Companies can confidently hire individuals who may have been displaced or looking to change careers due to COVID-19 and know that they can get the credentialing and training they need in a convenient, timely and affordable fashion.”

Beavers said companies can now also apply for funding for a future workforce.

“They will no longer have to specify employee name/information on the initial application but will need that information when they apply for reimbursement,” she said. “This allows a company to plan for growth that may be experienced in certain industries so that they may be able to hire someone who has lost their job and/or wants to change careers due to COVID-19 and provide them the training and upskilling they need upon hire.”

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Clark State has over 60 online programs eligible for the program, and hands-on instruction for applied training in manufacturing and information technology will be implemented with social distancing and safety protocols, the release said.

In the first three rounds of funding, 500 Ohio employers were approved for reimbursement, resulting in a total of 4,232 credentials to be attained.

Application can be found online at https://techcred.ohio.gov, and will be open June 1 through 30.