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TechCred Legislation Moves to Governor's Desk

House Bill 2 creates and funds program for in demand credentials
December 12, 2019
Democrat Newsroom

State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the House concurrence of House Bill (HB) 2, moving this job training and workforce development legislation to the governor’s desk for his signature.

“The economy is rapidly evolving and highly competitive. With the right training and credentials, Ohio’s workers will put their skills, talent, energy, and work ethic to use in attracting global job opportunities,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “I’m very proud of this bipartisan, workforce development effort that will yield positive results for employers, employees, Mahoning Valley and our entire state.”

Representatives Lepore-Hagan and Jon Cross (R-Kenton) sponsored HB 2. Once signed by Governor Mike DeWine, HB 2 will create the TechCred and Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP). Depending on the microcredential, employers can receive up to$2,000 reimbursements for training costs for both incumbent and prospective employees for the TechCred program.  Training providers may seek up to $3,000 reimbursement for educating individuals in IMAP, with a focus on helping low-income, underemployed or unemployed individuals.

“I’m proud that we are making meaningful progress toward restoring Ohio’s promise of better lives, better jobs and brighter futures for all by rewarding companies seeking to invest in Ohio’s workforce,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “I’m thankful for the House’s leadership in prioritizing this bill and looking forward to seeing many Ohioans make this important investment in our economic future.”