Home to nearly 900,000 veterans and servicemembers—the 6th largest population in the United States — the State of Ohio recognizes veterans as a valuable, talented and skilled workforce, and is committed to increasing the number of military servicemembers and veterans living and working in Ohio. To further that goal, Governor John Kasich ordered Ohio’s licensing boards and commissions as well as the state’s university system to support Ohio’s veterans by ensuring they are receiving the appropriate credentialing and educational credit for their military training and experience.
As a result, Ohio's boards and commissions have now streamlined the occupational licensing process for military servicemembers and prioritize applications from veterans and their spouse. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Higher Education has worked with colleges and universities to award college credit for military experience at no cost to the individual, as well as to create priority registration for students who are veterans or servicemembers. For more information on these changes and all Ohio has to offer veterans and their families, visit OhioMeansVeteranJobs.com.
In addition to the wide range of services provided to individual military men and women, Ohio provides valuable information for employers looking to hire a veteran workforce. The Veterans Business Support Center connects employers with trained veteran employment representatives via phone, email or face-to-face meetings at county OhioMeansJobs Centers. These representatives have an in-depth understanding of the job markets they serve and how veterans in their areas can help a business grow. Please visit the Veterans Business Support Center at OhioMeansJobs.com for more information.
Through these reforms, Ohio’s workforce system is placing a greater priority on our veteran community. For individuals, the state is able to better connect Ohio’s veterans with the job training and tools they need to compete for Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs. For employers, Ohio is better positioned to assist them in identifying and connecting with qualified job-seeking veterans. Together, these reforms are helping more Ohio veterans find rewarding careers, providing for themselves and their families.