Lancaster – One of the priorities of the Ohio University Lancaster Campus is to keep an eye on the local economy and to help educate and train the workforce in Fairfield County. Training funds have recently become available from the State of Ohio to help companies in our region and across the state upgrade the skills of their employees. Ohio University Lancaster's Community and Corporate Learning Office can help companies figure out if they are eligible for the funds and show them how to apply.
"This is a great opportunity," said Community and Corporate Learning Interim Director Ron Cullums. "I can help local companies understand the process and help them determine the next step."
The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will provide training money to companies through a public-private partnership. The goal of the program is allow employers to retain and grow their existing workforce, while creating a workforce in Ohio that can meet the present and future demands in a constantly changing economy.
"This is an employer-driven reimbursement program," said Cullums."It ends on June 30, 2013 and the funds are only available on a first come-first serve basis. So, it's critical to act quickly."
The grant program is designed to offset a portion of the employer's costs to upgrade the skills of its workforce and will reimburse eligible employers for specific costs accrued during training.
The Community and Corporate Learning Center at the Lancaster Campus offers training and a wide variety of programs, courses and services. Activities are provided at the Lancaster Campus and off-campus locations, including places of work. The office offers computer training courses, which the grant money would help pay for. University credit programs, business / industrial training, distance education, and noncredit classes are also offered in several formats.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program can contact Ron Cullums at 654-6711 ext 240.