Innovative Workforce Incentive Program

High School Industry-Recognized Credentials Initiatives

As enabled by House Bill 166, Ohio’s most recent biennial budget

Ohio is on a mission to ensure high school students benefit from career-focused learning opportunities that challenge, prepare and empower them to become resilient, lifelong learners who contribute to society. Industry-recognized credentials are an important means to that end. They also are key to making sure Ohio has the skilled workforce necessary to fill tomorrow’s jobs. House Bill 166, Ohio’s most recent biennial budget, contains a suite of initiatives aimed at expanding student access and opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials. Click here for more details on each initiative.
 


Innovative Workforce Incentive Program

Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted partnered with the General Assembly to create the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program, which is supported by a $17 million investment in both Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021. The program seeks to increase the number of high school students who earn industry-recognized credentials in priority industry sectors. It offers schools additional dollars when students earn eligible credentials and implementation dollars to aid in establishing these programs
 

Qualifying Industry-Recognized Credentials:

All
Career Fields

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Advanced
Manufacturing

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Information
Technology

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Engineering and Construction
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Critical
Jobs

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Apprenticeship and Journeyman
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INNOVATIVE WORKFORCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM - INCENTIVE PAYMENTS

House Bill 166 includes $12.5 million in both Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021 to incentivize school districts to implement the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program. School districts will receive $1,250 for each qualifying credential earned by students.

To receive incentive payments, districts must report students as earning qualifying industry-recognized credentials to the Ohio Department of Education. Find more information on reporting here (visit sections 2.8 - Student Assessment Record and 2.8.1 - Assessment Area Codes). 

INNOVATIVE WORKFORCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM - IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS

House Bill 166 also includes $4.5 million in both Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021 to help school districts implement the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program by establishing qualifying credentialing programs. The grant opportunity prioritizes senior-only credential programs in schools that do not have such programs.

The grant will provide funds to purchase capital and other items necessary for providing the education and training needed to prepare students to earn eligible industry-recognized credentials.

Benefits of EARNing INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS

Industry-recognized credentials are an important way of ensuring high school inspires students to identify paths to future success and gives students multiple ways to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for graduation and beyond.

Schools receive credit in the Prepared for Success measure on the Ohio School Report Cards for students who earn 12 points of approved industry-recognized credentials or groups of credentials from the Department's list.

Additional Resources

Last Modified: 12/17/2019 4:31:48 PM