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Huntington University Begins Teaching WorkOne Workshops

March 10, 2017
Huntington University faculty and staff have begun teaching free job search and career readiness workshops at the WorkOne Northeast career center at the Huntington County Community Learning Center, 2201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.
 
The arrangement is the first of its kind in the 11-county WorkOne Northeast system, where the workshops are typically taught by WorkOne staff.
 
“We are excited to partner with Huntington University in this effort,” said Edmond C. O’Neal III, president of Northeast Indiana Works, which oversees the region’s WorkOne centers. “To have an acclaimed education and community partner deliver the workshops is a win-win situation. Huntington University brings teaching expertise and community familiarity to the workshops. In turn, the community will have the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with a fine academic institution.”
 
Huntington University will be teaching 18 workshops. Among them: career exploration, computer basics, cover letters, interviewing with confidence, Microsoft Excel and Word, resume development, and secrets of job applications.

Building Trades Training Program Announced

February 23, 2017
The Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works have unveiled a free, three-week pre-apprenticeship program that will help enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations.
 
The Building Futures initiative, a collaboration of numerous regional entities, will debut April 10 in Allen County and eventually be offered to residents in other northeast Indiana counties.
 
 “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.”
 
Among the partners: Northeast Indiana Works, which helped facilitate strategic planning and secured significant funding for the program through a $670,000 Skill UP Indiana! grant for the pre-apprenticeship program and a separate insurance industry initiative; Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, which is the chief training provider for Building Futures; WorkOne Northeast, which will assist with participant assessments; the Fort Wayne Urban League and the Indiana Plan, which along with Ivy Tech, will provide instruction; the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, City of Fort Wayne and the Questa Educational Foundation, which have provided additional financial assistance; and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, which secured $100,000 provided by Chase. 

Seminar Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Jobs

February 2, 2017
Operation: Job Ready Veterans will conduct a free four-day seminar Feb. 20-23 at the WorkOne Northeast career center in Allen County to assist military veterans in transitioning to the civilian workforce.
 
The sessions, which are also open to eligible spouses of veterans, members of the Indiana National Guard or Reserve, spouses of Guard or Reserve members and military caregivers, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Lunch will be provided.
 
Among the eligibility requirements: participating veterans must have received a discharge other than dishonorable. To register, call Manny Gonzalez at the Allen County WorkOne Northeast career center in Fort Wayne at 260-446-3970; email him at mgonzalez@workonene.org; or visit the center at 201 E. Rudisill Blvd.
 

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