Trevor Hobbs, executive director of the Adams County Economic Development Corp., talks about the needs of employers in his county during a segment of Opportunity Knocks


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 neibt.org 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:


Contractor Sought To Develop 4 WorkOne Northeast Workshops

May 31, 2017

Northeast Indiana Works is seeking a contractor to assist in the development of four workshops that will be offered by the non-profit organization’s WorkOne Northeast career centers.

The four workshops are: self-motivation/governance; teamwork/group dynamic; problem-solving, and oral and written communication.

Northeast Indiana Works is requesting qualifications and a price quote from organizations that possess the experience and ability to create the four workshops.  

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. June 13. More information is available here.

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WorkOne Northeast gave me a chance to start over in a new career, even at my age. Through education and training, I’m learning an in-demand trade as a CNC machinist at Greatbatch Medical and making a living wage at the same time. Thank you WorkOne for giving me the chance to show the world that old dogs can learn new tricks.
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