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Allen WorkOne Gets National American Legion Award

July 16, 2019
The WorkOne Northeast career center in Fort Wayne has received the American Legion National Employment Service Award in recognition of efforts to ensure the economic well-being of Indiana’s veterans.
 
The award was presented July 13 in Indianapolis.
 
Specifically, the career center was recognized for outstanding service in connecting veterans to employment and training opportunities, helping employers understand how military skills correlate to civilian employment, and working with other community organizations to assist veterans.

May Designated CTE Awareness Month, Signing Days Planned

May 3, 2019
Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership have designated May Career and Technical Education (CTE) Awareness Month in the region.
 
It is a first-of-its-kind regional designation for CTE programs and a number of activities have been planned, including a May 22 visit by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch to an event hosted by FWCS Career Academy at Anthis. All of the events throughout the region will involve signing ceremonies in which high school students who have completed a CTE course of study and landed a job symbolically sign on with their employers. Some of the students will have earned industry-recognized credentials or college credits.
 
Edmond O’Neal, president of Northeast Indiana Works, said designating the month and holding the events is patterned after signing days that typically recognize the college choices of athletes.
 
“Historically, educational or athletic recognition has been reserved for high school students who are about to enter college or those who are about to graduate from college,” O’Neal said. “And yet, many of our high school students are choosing to pursue education and training that allows them to go directly into the workforce.
 
“Typically, CTE students who do that are taking on jobs that are critical to both their own economic stability and the economic stability of region employers. Their accomplishments are equally significant to the accomplishments of students who choose a college path.”
 
John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, linked the focus on CTE training and awareness to the prosperity and growth of the region overall.
 
“For northeast Indiana to succeed in today’s global economy, we must encourage students to pursue a variety of different career paths, including two- and four-year college degrees and CTE programs,” Sampson said. “Regional employers are eager to access skilled workers now, and CTE programs can provide the talent companies need to sustain and grow operations.”

WorkOne Northeast Advisers Chosen for Coaching Corps

March 19, 2019
Five employment training advisers with WorkOne Northeast are among 35 career coaches from across Indiana named to the first Skillful Indiana Governor’s Coaching Corps.
 
The program, a collaboration of Skillful Indiana and Gov. Eric Holcomb, is an eight-month training and leadership development initiative designed to support Indiana’s career coaching professionals so they can serve Indiana jobseekers more effectively in a changing economy. The coaching corps participants represent a diverse mix of organizations, including public workforce centers, adult education institutions, K-12 schools, and nonprofits.
 
WorkOne Northeast participants are: Michelle Garcia, representing career centers in DeKalb and Noble counties; Tammy Gibson, Allen County; Brianna James-Logan, Grant County; Jesus Rosario, Allen County, and Thomas Utnage, DeKalb County.

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State unemployment drops to 3.5%; lower than the national rate

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Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Assumes Leadership of MadeByMe

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is taking ownership of an initiative developed by Northeast Indiana Works that encourages young people to pursue careers in the skilled trades, officials announced. As part of the change in leadership, the Gateway Coalition, an Allen County alliance of educators and business leaders, is being renamed the MadeByMe Coalition. Read the full story here.

Indiana's JAG Program Wins National Honor for Exceeding Goals

Indiana's Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program continues to shine as a national leader among its peers, earning a prestigious award for the fifth consecutive year. Fifteen of the state's 139 JAG programs are in northeast Indiana. Read the full story here.

Governor Designates Northeast Indiana 21st Century Talent Region

Northeast Indiana is officially designated as the inaugural 21st Century Talent Region by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. At the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana’s annual meeting June 20, Gov. Holcomb, together with Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo and Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Elaine Bedel, presented the region with its official 21st Century Talent Region designation. Read the full story here.

Northeast Indiana Population Grows; DeKalb, Whitley, Allen Top List

Northeast Indiana’s population is growing, according to statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2018, Northeast Indiana’s regional population grew by nearly 5,000 people. The three counties that experienced the highest growth rate were DeKalb, Whitley and Allen, respectively. Read the full story here.
Returning to college at 38 years old for career advancement was a great challenge, but WorkOne Northeast not only helped with grants for tuition and books, they also helped me hone my interview skills and aided in developing an effective resume. Today, thanks to WorkOne, I am a Registered Nurse and clinical specialist for Parkview Physicians Group.
Tina Hamrick