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ODHE Releases RFP for Short-Term Credentials

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The most recent budget bill included an appropriation of $7 million over the biennium for short-term certificates to be shared among community colleges and Ohio Technical Centers. In FY22, $3.5 million has already been allocated to support this important initiative.

“Today, in order to allow the next round of funding to be utilized as soon as possible once the new fiscal year begins, I am pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the FY23 Short-Term Certificate Grant Program,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.

This program is designed to provide need-based financial aid to in-state students who are enrolled in a program that may be completed in less than one year and for which a certificate or industry-recognized credential is awarded in an in-demand job. A full description of the legislative language can be found in H.B. 110 of the 134th General Assembly.

The program allows flexibility for institutions to determine need-based financial aid for in-state students as well as the flexibility to fund up to three awards of $2,000 each to students for distinct short-term credentials. The institution will collaborate with local businesses to determine the in-demand jobs supported by the short-term certificate grant program.

Complete information about the RFP can be found at https://www.ohiohighered.org/short-term-certificate-grant-program. All applications must be submitted to shortterm@highered.ohio.gov and received by 3 p.m. on April 8, 2022.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education will host a webinar at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022, for anyone interested in applying for this grant (click here to join the webinar on Microsoft Teams). Questions submitted prior to the webinar will be answered during the webinar and participants will also be able to post additional questions during the webinar.

If you need additional assistance, please contact Dr. Lauri White, Associate Vice Chancellor, Workforce Engagement, at 614-644-5888 or lwhite@highered.ohio.gov.