Adult Education HVAC students work in the lab.

     Pickaway-Ross Adult Education has received $250,000 through the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP).

     The funding will provide up to 113 free credentials to eligible Ohioans during the next 18 months.

     The program is an opportunity for low-income, partially or totally unemployed Ohioans to earn one or more credentials free, thereby increasing their marketable skills and earnings potential.

     Under IMAP, individuals can earn more than one credential and high school students entering their senior year are eligible for the program as well.

     Pickaway-Ross was among the 12 training providers selected statewide to participate in the most recent iteration of the program.

     IMAP-eligible credentials include NCCER Core, Level 1 and Level 2 modules for the Electrical, HVAC, Industrial Maintenance and Welding programs, as well as FANUC Robotics and the upcoming Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT) credential.

     Adult Education leadership team members are working with local social service organizations, such as South Central Ohio Job and Family Services, to promote this free training opportunity to economically disadvantaged individuals in the region.

     The goal is to begin enrolling IMAP candidates for the eligible programs starting this spring. Learn more about programs enrolling this spring at