By ANGIE MORELOCK
Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers
FREMONT – Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, in his capacity as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, joined Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik and Ohio’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria last week to announce a new pilot internship program that will help connect students with technology roles at Ohio businesses. This program will have 12 pilot sites throughout the state of Ohio, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers has been named as one of these sites.
The High School Tech Internship pilot program is an opportunity for Ohio employers to hire high school interns and receive reimbursement for a portion of their wages. The goal of this pilot program is to connect Ohio’s high school students with technology roles and technology businesses in Ohio at an earlier age. Businesses who are interested in hosting a student intern to be placed in a technology role that focuses on software, data, cloud and IT infrastructure and cybersecurity should email Angie Morelock at email@example.com for information by May 17.
“The incentive this program offers to local businesses to bring on a high-school age intern provides a wonderful opportunity for our students that have been trained and earned credentials in the information technology field,” said Superintendent Greg Edinger. “Often companies show hesitancy hiring high school students so we are thankful to Lt. Gov. Husted for offering this incentive and for believing in our programming and students, and the role they play in the future.”
In order for businesses to qualify for the wage reimbursement they must:
- Submit documentation proving that the individual was employed for a minimum of 150 hours
- Submit documentation proving that the individual was paid at least $12 per hour.
- Employers can receive wage reimbursement for a maximum of four individuals per calendar year.
- Employers can receive up to $1,250 in wage reimbursement for individuals 17 years of age or younger and up to $1,000 for individuals ages 18 and 19.
- Employers may receive an extra $100 in reimbursement if they can demonstrate the intern earned an industry credential recognized on the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program list by the time of the reimbursement request.
For information about Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, visit vsctc.org.