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 $34 million investment over the next two years. 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.


House Bill 110 also includes $4.5 million in both Fiscal Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2022 to help school districts implement the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program by establishing qualifying credentialing programs. The grant opportunity prioritizes credentialing programs aligned to priority industry sectors. 

In order to develop and implement quality credentialing programs aligned to priority industry sectors, schools must invest in resources such as equipment, instructional materials, facilities and operational costs.


House Bill 110 includes $12.5 million in both Fiscal Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2022 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 Grant 1 Awardees

  • Brookfield Local
  • Campbell City 
  • Clermont Northeastern Local
  • Columbus City School District 
  • Mentor Exempted Village 
  • Noble Local 
  • Perry Local
  • Preble County Educational Service Center
  • Princeton City 
  • River Valley Local 
  • Riverside Local 
  • Southwest Local 
  • The Academy of Urban Scholars
  • The Academy of Urban Scholars Youngstown 
  • Tri-Rivers Career Center
  • Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers
  • West Central Learning Academy II
  • Wickliffe City 
  • Zanesville City

Innovative workforce Incentive program grant 2 Awardees

  • Apollo
  • Bio-Med Science Academy STEM School
  • Brookfield Local
  • Buckeye Community School
  • Buckeye Community School - London
  • Buckeye Community School - Marion
  • Butler Technology & Career Development Schools
  • Capital High School
  • Celina City
  • Cliff Park High School 
  • Dayton Career Tech High School
  • Dayton Regional STEM School
  • Focus Learning Academy of Southeastern Columbus 
  • Focus Learning Academy of Southwest Columbus
  • Focus North High School
  • Gallia-Jackson Vinton
  • Liberty High School 
  • Mahoning County Educational Service Center
  • Marion City 
  • Mentor Exempted Village 
  • Midview Local
  • Mt. Healthy City 
  • Northmont City 
  • Ohio Construction Academy 
  • Painesville City Local 
  • Pickerington Local
  • Queen City Career Prep High School
  • Skyway Career Prep High School
  • Springfield-Clark County 
  • The Academy of Urban Scholars
  • Tolles Career & Technical Center
  • Tri-County Career Center
  • Tri-Rivers
  • Trumbull County Educational Service Center
  • Youngstown City 

Qualifying Industry-Recognized Credentials:

Career Fields




Engineering and Construction

Apprenticeship and Journeyman

qualifying industry-recognized credentials for the 2023-2024 school year


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.

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Last Modified: 3/31/2023 12:24:52 PM