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Program Launched to Help People with Disabilities

May 22, 2018
Northeast Indiana Works has been designated an employment network by the Social Security Administration, paving the way for the nonprofit workforce development organization to offer a Ticket to Work program that will help eligible people with disabilities succeed in the workforce.
 
Northeast Indiana Works becomes the fourth organization in the region and 32nd in the state to receive the employment network designation. The Ticket to Work program will be offered through Northeast Indiana Works’ WorkOne Northeast career centers.
 
Ticket to Work, which is free and voluntary, is designed to help people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.
 
Among the free, supportive one-on-one services offered to Ticket to Work participants through WorkOne Northeast: Pre-employment training and assistance, such as resume development, interview training, how to find jobs, and benefits counseling, as well as ongoing supports once a person is employed.

Gateway Coalition Hosts Career Fair for Allen County Students

May 11, 2018
About 130 Junior and senior high school students in Allen County attended a MADEBYME Career Fair May 11 at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The career fair was organized by the Gateway Coalition, a group of educators, industry representatives and other community leaders dedicated to creating awareness among middle and high school students about careers in manufacturing and the skilled trades. The group is being led by the North Indiana Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Since 2015, Gateway Coalition members have gone into Allen County schools and spoken to more than 3,700 middle and high school students about career pathways in manufacturing and the skilled trades. More than 50 high school counselors have gone on plant tours arranged by the Gateway Coalition.

MADEBYME, meanwhile, is a regional manufacturing/construction awareness campaign launched three years ago by Northeast Indiana Works and supported by a website (www.madebyme.me) that offers information about certification-based employment needs among northeast Indiana manufacturers and skilled trades employers; general wage information; and a list of providers offering Career and Technical Education (CTE) training. Northeast Indiana Works is part of the Gateway Coalition.

Free Construction Trades Class Scheduled for June in Allen

April 10, 2018
A second Allen County Building Futures training class is scheduled June 4-22 at Ivy Tech Community College-Fort Wayne, the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works announced.
 
The free, three-week pre-apprenticeship program is designed to enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations.
 
Building Futures classes include instruction on such things as communication, problem-solving, safety and health, blueprint reading, construction math, material handling, tool utilization, and quality. Students will have an opportunity to earn two industry-recognized certifications and complete Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training.
 
Building Futures is for people 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 $200-a-week stipend during the course of the program.
 
People interested in the program can begin the signup process by visiting neibt.org or by calling the building trades at 260-489-8574. Deadline for signing up is May 18.

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The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership recently announced a new project to develop a strategic brand for the 11-county region to target and attract new residents and talent and is seeking community input as part of the process. The ultimate goal is to create a unified vision and road map for long-term initiatives, including an authentic brand, logo and tagline that resonates with skilled talent who want to call northeast Indiana home.  Read the full story here

State Jobless Rate Rises to 3.3 percent; Still Below National Rate

Indiana's unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.3 percent in June, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The labor force, meanwhile, increased by nearly 15,000 compared to figures released one month ago. Read the full story here

Master Spas Plans $15.3-Million Expansion; 107 New Jobs Coming

Fort Wayne hot tub manufacturer Masters Spas announces plans to invest $15.3 million to expand operations on the west side of the city and create up to 107 jobs within the next four years. Read the full story here.  

Editorial: Region's Employers Should Consider Underutilized Talent Pools

Employers should consider underutilized talent pools -- such as people with disabilities or people exiting incarceration -- as the area's unemployment rates continue to drop. Read the editorial here
With the help of Northeast Indiana Works, WorkOne Northeast, the Noble County EDC, Ivy Tech and the Freedom Academy, we were able to develop the foundation for the Dexter Skilled Trades Training Program. Without this partnership, we would not be able to meet our ever-growing customer demand.
Holly M. Pfeiffer, Human Resources Manager, Dexter Axle