Industry-Recognized Credentials

Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, emphasizes that in high school, each child should see the relevance of his or her learning, be exposed to practical, real-world work settings and begin defining his or her future. The plan calls for Ohio high schools to inspire students to identify their paths to future success through career-focused learning.

To support this career-focused approach, Ohio House Bill 166 enacted a series of industry recognized credential initiatives. Find an overview of these initiatives here.

What’s in it for students?

The process of earning an industry-recognized credential allows students to experience education through work, about work and for work. Students learn more deeply by practicing and applying their knowledge through work and employment experiences – learning through work. They learn about workplace expectations in terms of professional skills needed for employment, as well as learning about career pathways and what the labor market for particular occupations looks like – learning about work. They also learn job-specific skills they will need to perform day-to-day tasks – learning for work.

Earning an industry-recognized credential and a WorkKeys score of 13 (14 for students in the class of 2020 and beyond) is one of multiple options to earn a high school diploma. When students earn industry-recognized credentials, schools and districts get credit on Ohio Report Cards for their success in preparing students for careers. | Watch the Credential Graduation Pathway webcast (Dec. 7, 2016)

What’s in it for schools?

Connecting students to opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials puts them on a pathway to success after high school. Preparing students for their best possible future is the greatest goal of schools, and credentials can help achieve this.

Schools also receive credit in the Prepared for Success measure on the report card for students who earn 12 points of approved industry-recognized credentials or groups of credentials from the Department's list. Schools further benefit and contribute to Ohio’s shared goal by setting their students up for a transition beyond high school and into the workforce. Industry-recognized credentials are an innovative approach to truly recognize and account for a student’s hard work in becoming career-ready and prepared for their best possible future, in accordance with Strategy 5 in Each Child, Our Future.

Schools can also earn incentive funding through the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program (more information coming soon). This program promotes credentials that align with key state needs, and provides funding to schools when students earn those credentials.

Reimbursement for Schools

FY19 Reimbursements

Based on credentials earned by students who left school in 2019, reimbursements will be completed in early summer 2020. Reimbursements for the Fiscal Year 2019 will be made based on credentials earned by students who are economically disadvantaged. If the allocated amount ($750,000) is exceeded, reimbursements will be prorated.

FY20 Reimbursements

Based on credentials earned by students who left school in 2020, reimbursements will be completed in early summer 2021. Reimbursements for the Fiscal Year 2020 will be made based on credentials earned by any student. These reimbursements will be paid to schools who report that they have paid for the credentials earned. If the allocated amount ($8,000,000) is exceeded, reimbursements will be prorated.

What’s in it for businesses and communities?

Finding, hiring and retaining high-quality employees is a monumental task. Industry-recognized credentials help employers validate the knowledge and skills of potential employees and saves valuable time in assessing the competency of job applicants. Industry partners play an integral role in how the list is formed and validated to ensure that students are earning credentials that Ohio's industries value.

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Last Modified: 3/13/2020 2:40:00 PM