(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, today announced that 14 training providers located throughout the state will receive a total of $2.93 million in awards to support 2,336 credentials through the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP). This is the second round of the initiative, which helps Ohioans who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed participate in a training program and receive one or more technology-focused credential(s) for free.
The selected training providers, which include four-year universities, career centers, and private businesses, will be reimbursed up to $3,000 for each completed technology-focused credential issued.
“IMAP gives individuals the opportunity to earn in-demand, technology skills so they can get higher-paying jobs in a very short amount of time,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Ohio businesses across all industries need to compete in today’s economy, and this program provides them a pipeline of ready-to-go talent.”
A variety of credential pathways that align with specific job opportunities will be available for individuals including IT Support Specialist, IT Security Associate, IT Networks Specialist, Data Analyst, Web Developer, UX/UI Designer, Robotic Technician, Digital Marketing Specialist, Cloud Engineer, and more. Training will be offered in-person and online, allowing Ohioans to take advantage of IMAP from anywhere in the state.
Awarded training providers include:
- Global Lynx, Inc.
- MAX Technical Training, Inc.
- Miami University
- My Career IT LLC
- National Center for Urban Solutions
- Ohio University
- Portage Lakes Career Center
- Scioto County Career Technical Center
- Shawnee State University
- South-Western City School District
- Strategic Leadership Solutions LLC
- University of Cincinnati
- WE CAN CODE IT, LLC
- Youngstown State University
“Ohio is on the move, and we need more people skilled in high-tech jobs to keep the momentum going,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “These credentials will mean better jobs and more pay for workers.”
Ohio has invested more than $5 million in IMAP over the last two years. The first round of IMAP awarded 11 training providers just under $2.22 million in September of 2020.
Individuals interested in earning a credential or learning more about the program can visit the recently updated IMAP website at: Workforce.Ohio.gov/IMAP.