Tri-County Career Center Awarded the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program Grant

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, has announced that 54 Ohio school districts will receive awards through the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program. These grants, totaling $13.5 million, will help districts establish new programs for students to earn industry-recognized credentials in priority industry sectors.

“This funding will help more high school students earn in-demand career credentials that lead to quality, higher-paying jobs without the steep cost and debt that comes with many college pathways,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “Career credentials are what an increasing number of businesses look for when making hiring decisions, and individual Ohioans and the Ohio economy benefit when more high school students graduate career-ready.”

The DeWine-Husted administration and Ohio legislators created the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program to increase the number of high school students who earn industry-recognized credentials. The credentials serve as an important tool to provide students with in-demand skills that can lead to a high-wage job.

The 54 school districts are located around Ohio and will offer a variety of industry-recognized credentials to students. Schools can use this funding to invest in resources such as equipment, instructional materials, facilities, and operational costs.

Of these awards, Athens County’s own, Tri-County Career Center was awarded the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program Grant.

To learn more about the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program, including which schools were awarded, visit For information about high school industry-recognized credentials, click here.