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Job training bill sponsored by Lepore-Hagan goes to governor’s desk

“I’m very proud of this bipartisan, workforce development effort that will yield positive results for employers, employees, Mahoning Valley and our entire state,” Lepore-Hagan said.
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State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown applauded the House’s concurrence of HB 2, which will create the TechCred and Individual Microcredential Assistance Program. (Photo courtesy of ohiohouse.gov)

COLUMBUS — After concurrence of House Bill 2 on Thursday, the job training and workforce development legislation moves to the governor’s desk for his signature.

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, applauded the House’s concurrence of the bill, which passed 85-2.

“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,” Lepore-Hagan said in a news release. “I’m very proud of this bipartisan, workforce development effort that will yield positive results for employers, employees, Mahoning Valley and our entire state.”

Lepore-Hagan and Jon Cross, R-Kenton, sponsored HB 2. Once signed by Gov. Mike DeWine, HB 2 will create the TechCred and Individual Microcredential Assistance Program. 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,” Lepore-Hagan said. “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.”