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BUILD Program Celebrates Latest Graduating Class

November 9, 2018
The Northeast Indiana Building Trades, Fort Wayne Urban League, Indiana Plan, Northeast Indiana Works, Ivy Tech and the city of Fort Wayne celebrated an 8-person graduating class of the BUILD program.

BUILD (Building Trades, Urban League, Indiana Plan, Local and Diversity) is a free, four-week pre-apprenticeship training program that prepares participants for a career in the skilled trades.  The program is designed to assist people in being job ready, as well as having a clear understanding of the 18 skilled trades in northeast Indiana.  

BUILD helps fortify an industry that provides good-paying jobs for individuals looking for a career, not just a job. 

“This program is a hand up, not a handout,” said Leroy Jackson, a 43-year skilled trades veteran.

Ivy Tech New Home for Wabash WorkOne Career Center

November 6, 2018
The Wabash WorkOne Northeast career center will relocate to Ivy Tech Community College in Wabash, effective Nov. 20.
 
The new address is 277 N. Thorne St., Room 107, Wabash. The last day of service at the current address, 1143 N. Cass St., Wabash, is Nov. 13.
 
The Wabash center at its new location will be open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The phone number remains the same: 260.563.8421.
 
Services are also available at the Huntington WorkOne career center, 2201 N. Jefferson St., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Services are available at the Grant County WorkOne career center, 850 N. Miller St. in Marion, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Northeast Indiana Works Gets $85,000 Workforce Grant

November 1, 2018
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has awarded Northeast Indiana Works an $85,000 performance grant to help address critical workforce issues in the region, the state agency announced. 

Northeast Indiana Works plans to use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant to improve adult education operations, where adults who lack a high school diploma can earn an equivalency or certification to help them move to a better job. The grant also will help enhance the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program, which targets high school students, and develop career pathways. 

“We extend our appreciation to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for providing this grant and are thrilled to be able to utilize it for talent development in northeast Indiana, particularly in support of creating career pathways in the food and agriculture sector and enhancing JAG programs at 15 high schools,” said Northeast Indiana Works President Edmond O’Neal. “This additional money comes at a critical time for supporting initiatives that will help the region’s employers fill high-wage in-demand jobs now and in the future.”

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Skillful Program Coming to State; Will Aid Workforce Development

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Sweetwater plans $76-million expansion; will add 1,000 jobs by 2022

Sweetwater Sound announces it will add 1,000 jobs by 2022 as part of a $76.4-million, 385,000-square-foot expansion. The expansion will include a warehouse and conference center. Read the full story 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