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DeWine signs TechCred bill into law

The bill was sponsored by state Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown and Jon Cross of Kenton.
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COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine today (Jan. 13) signed House Bill 2, bipartisan legislation that expands job training and workforce development opportunities in Ohio.

HB 2 creates 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.

“By investing in job training, we are investing in Ohio’s future,” state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, said in a news release. “Connecting workers with training and credentials program allows them to succeed in a constantly changing global economy.

The bill was sponsored by Lepore-Hagan and state Rep. Jon Cross, R-Kenton.

“With the passage of this bill, we are restoring Ohio’s promise of better lives, better jobs and brighter futures for all by ensuring workers have the tools they need to get ahead,” Lepore-Hagan said.