Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced on November 10 the launch of the application for Ohio’s Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP). This is the second round of the initiative, which helps those who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed participate in a training program and receive a technology-focused credential free of cost.
The Lt. Governor made the announcement at Global Lynx, Inc., an IT training provider in Central Ohio that participated in the first round of the IMAP program, in addition to TechCred.
The grant is currently open for training providers, including two-year and four-year colleges and universities, Ohio technical centers, and private businesses or institutions. Training providers who receive awards will be reimbursed up to $3,000 for each completed technology-focused credential issued and up to $250,000 per provider.
“IMAP helps individuals earn new skills that will lead to a career with more job security and higher pay, while at the same time providing Ohio businesses access to the new talent they need to compete,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Today, we launched a second round of IMAP in addition to an updated website, making it easier to navigate the program and connect with a training provider to earn a technology-focused credential at no cost.”
“We want to make it easy for Ohioans to receive the training they need to start on a new career path or advance in their current one,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of
Development. “A highly skilled workforce is essential to growing our economy and keeping Ohio competitive for economic development projects.”
The first round of IMAP awarded 11 training providers for just under $2.22 million in September of 2020.
Previously awarded training providers include:
- Baldwin Wallace University
- Butler Technology and Career Development Schools
- Global Lynx, Inc.
- Goodwill Industries of Central Ohio, Inc.
- Lorain County Community College
- MAX Technical Training, Inc.
- My Career IT LLC
- National Center for Urban Solutions
- Strategic Leadership Solutions LLC
- University of Akron Research Foundation
- University of Cincinnati
The application period for training providers begins today, November 1, 2021, and runs through November 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM.
Individuals and training providers interested in learning more about the program can visit the newly updated IMAP website at: Workforce.Ohio.gov/IMAP.