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Program Guidelines

Overview

In consultation with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the Ohio Department of Development (Development) will administer the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP) Broadband and 5G Pilot program, including receiving applications from training providers through an RFA process, selecting institutional partners to administer the program, monitoring/compliance, and reimbursement.

IMAP was created to provide opportunities for Ohioans who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed to participate in a training program and receive a microcredential. Training providers that submit successful applications will be reimbursed up to $3,000 upon completion of each microcredential.

Total Funding Available

Development may award up to $250,000 per application.

Eligible Applicants 

Eligible applicants include state institutions of higher education, Ohio technical centers, and private businesses or institutions that offer training to allow an individual to earn one or more microcredentials.

Eligible applicants must describe their plan to provide eligible microcredentials to low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed individuals. Eligible applicants either already offer eligible microcredentials or must start eligible programs within six months of July 1, 2022 or forfeit any IMAP funding awarded under the grant. 

Development will not approve an application if the applicant has violated Chapter 4111 of the Ohio Revised Code within the four fiscal years immediately preceding the date of application.

Previous grantees of Round 1 of the IMAP program must have at least a 40 percent reimbursement rate from their previous IMAP grant to be eligible to apply.

Eligible Individuals

IMAP will only reimburse training providers for microcredentials earned by eligible Ohio residents. Eligible Ohioans are those who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed.

Participant Cost Restriction

Any applicant seeking reimbursement under IMAP shall not charge an individual participating in a training program to earn a microcredential for:
•    Any costs associated with the individual’s participation in the training program, or
•    Any costs to the applicant resulting from an individual not completing the training program.

 Eligible Microcredentials

The following microcredentials from the pre-approved TechCred credential list, approved by the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, are eligible for the IMAP Broadband and 5G Pilot program:

  • Fiber Optics
    • Certified Fiber Optic Installer (TR-CFI)
    • Fiber Optics
  • Telecommunications Tower Technician
  • Fiber to Any Antenna (FTAA)
  • Broadband 5G
    • 5G Ecosystem
    • 5G and Broadband Deployment
    • In-building Wireless Solutions
    • Wireless Broadband Infrastructures 

IMAP applicants cannot request reimbursement for an individual earning a microcredential if the individual’s employer is also being reimbursed through the Ohio TechCred Program for the same credential.

Eligible Reimbursement Costs

Applicants may be reimbursed for tuition, lab fees, manuals, textbooks and certification assessment costs, up to $3,000 per microcredential.

Information Required for Application

Applicant Information

  • Applicant Name
  • Applicant Address
  • Federal Tax ID
  • Ohio Charter Number (if applicable)
  • Applicant Website Link
  • Applicant Contact Information

Training Information

  • Names of Proposed Microcredentials
  • Duration of Microcredentials
  • Projected Number of Microcredentials Provided
  • Cost of Microcredential for Each IMAP Participant
  • Verification that the Microcredential Can Be Completed Online
  • Applicant’s Plan to Provide Opportunities for Individuals Classified as Low Income, Partially Unemployed or Totally Unemployed

Application Evaluation Criteria

Development will consider the following factors in determining whether to approve an application submitted for IMAP:

  • The duration of the microcredential program;
  • The cost of the training;
  • Whether approving an application will promote regional diversity (as determined by the regions established under division (G) of section 122.178 of the Revised Code); and
  • The applicant’s commitment to providing opportunities for individuals who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed to participate in a training program and receive a microcredential.
  • The applicant’s ability to create career pathways out of eligible credential(s) and tie that pathway to a specific occupation. This entails, when required, creating a sequence of credentials, in a guided manner, to upskill an eligible Ohioan who may need more than one credential to be employable for the identified occupation. See appendix 1 for examples.
  • The applicant’s partnership with OhioMeansJobs or other organizations who help place individuals with a company; 
  • The applicant’s partnership with social service agencies or community organizations; and 
  • The applicant’s partnership with employers who are interested in or willing to hire individuals who complete the applicant’s training program.  

Award/Reimbursement Process

Awarded applicants must enter into a Grant Agreement prescribed by Development. To request reimbursement, applicants that have been awarded eligibility must submit the following information: 

  • Invoices for costs incurred related to the microcredential;
  • Proof of microcredential completion;
  • Demographic information of each individual earning a microcredential that was provided to the applicant; and
  • Email address for each individual earning a microcredential.

Documentation must be submitted within six (6) weeks of an individual completing the microcredential to receive reimbursement. Microcredentials must be completed within eighteen (18) months from the date of award eligibility.

An applicant may not receive reimbursement for any additional individual that earns a microcredential beyond the number of microcredentials identified in the application.


Application Questions

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.  



Scoring Rubric

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