All Putnam County employers with an interest in upskilling workers with technology related credentials are invited to participate in a hands-on session to create an Ohio TechCred account, apply for training grant funds and enroll employees in the program.

The hands-on session will be held January 19 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in Ottawa.

Facilitators will be LuAnne Cooke, Ohio Lt. Governor’s Office; Tori Atkinson Office of Workforce Development & Innovative Learning at Northwest State Community College; and Amy Sealts, Putnam County economic development director.

Ohio’s TechCred program is for all business sectors. It offers a chance to upskill current or future employees to help them better perform their current job, train people for new technologies at their place of employment, or train workers for future jobs being created.

What is TechCred? TechCred reimburses employers up to $2,000 per employee per credential, up to $30,000 per employer, per round. Currently, four funding rounds open annually.

Funding supports short-term credentials that take less than one year to complete. Credentials are in the areas of business technology, healthcare technology, manufacturing technology, robotics and automation, construction technology, information technology and smart mobility.

Hundreds of eligible credentials on a pre-approved list can be viewed at https://techcredohio.gov Employers can also request unlisted credentials be added to the eligible list by submitting an application for the TechCred program.

Some credential examples include: Google Cloud, Microsoft 365 platforms such as advanced excel, Sharepoint, Teams, SQL, software development, web design and security, FANUC programming, arc welding and automation, machinist, CNC certifications, SolidWorks, PE and other engineering certifications, maintenance, plumbing and pipefitting, and various medical technologies.

Businesses should bring the following three ID numbers with them to the session:

· Federal Tax ID · Ohio Charter number which can be found at https://businesssearch.ohiosos.gov;

· Ohio Supplier ID number. If your business does not have an Ohio Supplier ID number, you can register for one at https://supplier.ohio.gov or you can complete this step at the Jan. 19 session.

Participants for this hands-on training session will meet in the computer lab at the PCESC building, 124 Putnam Parkway, Ottawa, OH.

Registration is appreciated, but not mandatory, to the Putnam County CIC economic development office at pccic@bright.net.