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University of Akron, Tri-C, and Baldwin Wallace just some places you could get free tech training

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Posted at 8:16 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 09:55:39-04

CLEVELAND — In an effort to help Ohioans rebound from the pandemic, the state is now offering free training for people who are partially unemployed, low income, or completely unemployed.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced Tuesday this training is a part of the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program or IMAP.

Twelve training providers throughout the state include community colleges, colleges, tech centers, private providers and nonprofits.

In Northeast Ohio, some of those providers include Lorain Community College, Baldwin Wallace University and the University of Akron.

Through IMAP, about 2,000 people will be able to access technology-based training at no cost to them.

According to a state press release, the IMAP landing page lists the eligible training providers and the credentials Ohioans can earn under the program, along with examples of jobs each credential can help an individual obtain.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said he hopes that people will take advantage of this because, if they do, it will give them an upper hand to land high demand jobs.

“I can tell you that what we like about this is this is paid for completion. We're funding things. We want to see results. We want to p.c people leave with that credentialing in hand. We pay the providers upon completion. Every one of these credentials is in demand. And we know employers are hiring for these skills today,” he said.

If you’d like to look at the options for training, click here.