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TechCred Builds Stronger Ohio Workforce

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Warren County Career Center Adult Education works with area employers taking advantage of a new state program that funds technical training for credentials. Employers wishing to upskill current and prospective employees can apply through Ohio TechCred for up to $2,000 per credential reimbursement upon completion. According to the state website: “TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy.”

“We offer training for many of the eligible credentials, including AWS Certified Welding Technician, FANUC and Allen Bradley certifications, and multiple other certifications in the areas of IT, manufacturing, robotics, construction and cybersecurity,” Coordinator Dave Guinn said. “We have students in training now who are sponsored by their employers through the TechCred program, and look forward to serving more companies.”

Any Ohio registered employer of Ohio resident W-2 employees is eligible to apply. The application criteria is based on pledged wage increase in relation to credential cost, level of economic distress in employees’ region, and amount of employer contribution toward the cost. The next funding round ends Jan. 31, 2020. More information and application link is at techcred.ohio.gov.

Fecon employees Zach Layman, 18, Morrow, and Ricky Tussey, 18, Franklin, are taking a customized welding certification program at WCCC in which they are learning blueprint reading, precision gauging and measuring, OSHA and MIG welding. It will take them about 7 months to complete and earn their certifications. Both said they are grateful that Fecon is helping them improve their work skills for advancement.

“I didn’t have the money to go to school after high school, and my employer gave me this opportunity,” Ricky said. “I will earn my welding certification, and want to pursue welding as a career.”

Zach echoed Ricky, saying, “Yes, I agree with what Ricky said, it’s a good opportunity.”

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