The SWORWIB is proud to report that for Round 1 of the Ohio TechCred program for employers to support and expand the skills of their current workers with additional technical credentials, Local Area #13/SWORWIB-Cincinnati & Hamilton County can boast the largest number of employers with 23 employers being funded for a total of 156 credentials. Information below reviews the details for Round 2 of the TechCred opportunity in Ohio and the deadline of January 31, 2020 for Round Two applications.
Board Member Jackie Alf of John R. Jurgensen Co. and Valley Asphalt was approved for 22 credentials. Alf expressed,
“our companies are very excited that Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted recognized the critical importance of technology in the construction, aggregates/mining and manufacturing industries in Ohio and the need to support both improved training as well as updating current workers for the ever growing technical competencies in these critical craft-skills industry sectors”
. Melanie Rippstein, Director of Organizational Development for Jurgensen, took the leadership for the Ohio TechCred application process and
”is grateful for Ohio’s support to upskilling the workforce through technical credentials"
. Both leaders appreciate the State of Ohio efforts for technical growth development with Ohio’s current employers and welcomes the opportunity to apply for training support and the fact that their companies were approved.
Alf has been a leader in workforce development and advances local area initiatives to promote experiences for high school students to learn about these industry opportunities. Moreover she has been a partner with educational leaders and industry associations, (Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Assn., Ohio Contractors Association, Ohio Concrete, and Flexible Pavements) in the development of a new credential known as MACC Tech for “Mining, Asphalt, Concrete & Construction Technology”.