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Manufacturing Day Activities Planned in Fort Wayne, Angola

September 27, 2017
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne will host a manufacturing expo October 6 in observance of National Manufacturing Day.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center on the north campus, 3701 Dean Drive.

Attendees will be able to learn about exciting careers, witness demonstrations by employers, and get advice from industry representatives about the skills and training needed for today’s manufacturing jobs.

A manufacturing expo is also planned in Steuben County. The Made in Steuben event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Enterprise Center in Angola.

The goal of the Steuben expo is to showcase local manufacturing products and educate young people about career pathways in manufacturing. More than 200 high school students are among those expected to attend.

Building Trades Program Headed for 4 Northern Counties

August 14, 2017
The Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works have opened up a free, three-week pre-apprenticeship program to northeastern counties in the region.
The Building Futures initiative, a collaboration of numerous regional entities, will help enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations, which include laborers, carpenters, iron and sheet metal workers, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, insulators, painters, plasterers and roofers. 
“Building Futures is precisely the kind of program we need to ensure that the building trades have a talented, diverse workforce to meet the current and future needs of our region’s growing economy,” said Darryl Esterline, president of the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council. “We are thrilled that so many exceptional partners have stepped forward to assist us in this effort.”
Building Futures accepts applicants 18 years old and older. People who are selected for the program must undergo a pre-assessment process that includes a drug screen. Participants will receive a $100-a-week stipend during the course of the program.
DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben county residents interested in the program can visit to sign up or call the building trades at 260-489-8574.

Work-and-Learn Report Focuses On Regional Improvement

July 5, 2017

A report identifying effective work-and-learn program characteristics was recently completed and presented to northeast Indiana stakeholders via webinar June 29 by Indianapolis consultant Matt Fleck. 

The report was made possible by a state grant given the Region 3 Works Council and matching assistance through the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.  Northeast Indiana Works worked with Fleck to develop the scope of project.

Work-and-learn programs can include internships, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships. Fleck researched effective work-and-learn programs nationally, recommended criteria for assessing the success of work-and-learn programs, and suggested action steps northeast Indiana can take to improve regional work-and-learn programs. 

The recorded webinar can be accessed at: 

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