Senate District 22
Larry Obhof
Governor Signs TechCred Bill, Providing Ohioans with In-Demand Job Skills Training
January 13, 2020
Rep. Cross, Sen. Obhof, Lt. Gov. Husted and employees of GROB Systems, Inc. join Gov. DeWine for bill signing.

COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today joined Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted at GROB Systems, Inc. in Bluffton for the signing of House Bill 2, codifying the state's “TechCred” program to help fund and train Ohioans for in-demand jobs. The program offers reimbursement to both employers and individuals for the cost of microcredential training for industry-recognized skill certificates that can be completed in less than one year.

“Ohio’s TechCred program works with employers across the state to help train Ohioans for the in-demand jobs in their communities,” said Obhof, who co-sponsored the bill. “This is more important than ever. Thanks to the strong economy, Ohio’s employers have more than 153,000 open positions. This includes more than 60,000 jobs that pay $50,000 per year or more. With TechCred, Ohio helps workers get the training they need to earn more for themselves and for their families.”

The bill also provides a way for Ohioans who are not currently employed to take advantage of the program’s credentialing opportunities and will help coordinate workforce development needs across industries and regions of Ohio. The program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA), and Ohio’s Chancellor of Higher Education maintains a list of microcredentials that qualify for reimbursement. Funding was provided in the state budget, passed earlier this year.

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