The application template is designed to aid in drafting applications for the Ohio Individual Microcredential Assistance Program opportunity. To be accepted, application responses must be submitted directly via the online application. Please thoroughly review the Program Guidelines before applying.
1. Attach proposed career pathways (Excel or Word format) that detail the sequence of eligible credentials needed to start at an entry-level position for a chosen occupation that the applicant would like to receive funding for. Include a description of the credential and why it is necessary for the sequence and why in that order. The career pathways should include the number of credentials required and the length of time required to complete each pathway. If only one credential is required to have the skills and competencies to start at an entry-level position for a chosen occupation, please explain why only one is required, and include supporting documentation. See Appendix 1 as an example.
2. Provide labor market data that supports the reasoning for selecting these microcredentials or sequence of microcredentials.
3. Explain how the applicant will assess potential IMAP applicants to ensure that they are capable to take and complete the applicant’s proposed career pathways. To support the applicant’s explanation, provide a detailed process that will be used.
4. Attach letters from employers describing their employment needs and the skills required to meet those needs. Stronger consideration will be given for letters in which the employer provides number of job openings and in which the employer agrees to consider IMAP microcredential completers for available job openings.
5. Describe how the applicant plans to provide opportunities for individuals who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed to participate in a training program and receive a microcredential.
6. Provide details on plans for marketing, recruitment, and student support for these individuals.
7. Attach letters of support from OhioMeansJobs or other organizations who help place individuals with a company, describing your partnership and how they will work with you to reach low income, partially unemployed or totally unemployed individuals and how they will work with employers to hire IMAP credential completers.
8. Attach letters of support from social service agencies or community organizations describing your partnership and how they will work with you to reach low income, partially unemployed or totally unemployed individuals and how they will work with employers to hire IMAP credential completers.
9. Describe your organization’s timeline for making the microcredential program available to individuals. Include dates to indicate when the first enrollments and completions are expected to occur. If you are applying for microcredentials that you do not yet offer, provide a detailed and extensive plan of action to start the program within six months of July 1, 2022. This includes, but is not limited to, how and where you will acquire the required curriculum, expected program start-up costs, funding sources ready to cover those start-up costs, and any projected funding requests to the state that will need to be approved to start the microcredential program.
Total: 100 points
Q1: 5 points
Q2: 5 points
Q3: 15 points
Q4: 15 points
Q5: 5 points
Q6: 25 points
Q7: 5 points
Q8: 5 points
Q9: 20 points