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Anthony Juliano of Asher Agency appears on Opportunity Knocks and talks about modern-day approaches to networking as a job search strategy. Watch the segment here.

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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.

RFP Issued for Youth Skill Development, Job Preparation

February 12, 2019
Northeast Indiana Works has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide skill development and employment preparation services to eligible youth between the ages of 14 and 24.

Submission deadline is April 8, 2019.  

Northeast Indiana Works is committed to assisting disadvantaged youth to be successful in school, access job training and higher education opportunities, and gain the knowledge and skills required to enter high-wage career pathways. Northeast Indiana Works is seeking partnerships with organizations that can demonstrate measurable, positive impacts on the youth they serve.

Youth-serving organizations are invited to respond to the RFP as an important step toward building a network of integrated youth services. The RFP can be acccessed here. The budget template for out-of-school youth is here and the template for in-school youth is here. You can also access a Q&A here that was last updated on February 27.

Business Services Rep Honored For Her Work with Veterans

January 15, 2019
As far back as she can remember, Jennifer Steigerwald has been driven to help others. That trait has benefited her in her personal life and is at the core of her job as a business services representative for the Allen County WorkOne Northeast career center.
 
Steigerwald, a 10-year employee of the workforce system, recently received a Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) Annual Performance Incentive Award from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for her work in not only generally supporting the workforce needs of veterans but working side-by-side with Allen County Local Veterans’ Employment Representative Frankie Billingsley.  Her recognition is noteworthy because she is not a JVSG staff member; personally, it is a milestone because she is unaccustomed to receiving awards.
 
“I haven’t gotten an award since I made honor roll in high school,” Steigerwald said.
 
The award recognizes Steigerwald’s persistence in promoting the WorkOne brand and career opportunities for veterans and others through emails, digital platforms and hiring events. More often than not, she partners with Billingsley in the outreach efforts. The two visit Region 3 veterans’ organizations and sundry businesses together, including businesses that are veteran-friendly employers.
 
Their collaboration goes beyond the routine. Last month, they collaborated on finding companies that could provide food and gifts for four military families who were about to have rather dismal Christmases.
 
“That,” said Billingsley, “is one of the reasons why she is considered an integral part of the veteran connection.”

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Franke Plating in Fort Wayne Plans $1.1-Million Expansion, 17 new jobs

Franke Plating Works, a family-owned plating company in northeast Indiana, announced plans to invest $1.1 million to upgrade and expand its production facility just east of downtown Fort Wayne. Read the full story here. 

State unemployment rate stays at 3.5%; remains below national rate

Indiana's unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent in February and continued to be lower than the national rate (3.8 percent).  The state rate has been at or below the national rate for more than five years. Read the full story here.

DWD Receives National Award for virtual job fair for inmates

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has been recognized nationally for an online virtual job fair it conducted last year for incarcerated individuals. DWD received the prestigious William J. Harris Equal Opportunity Award at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies’ (NASWA) 2019 Winter Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. Read the full story here.

"Make It Your Own" Debuts as New Brand for Region Talent Attraction

“Make It Your Own” is northeast Indiana’s new brand to attract talent ages 21–45 to live and work in the 11-county region. Unveiled by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and developed through a six-month process guided by focus groups and perception surveys, Make It Your Own is designed for businesses to use in their talent recruitment efforts. Read the full story here.

Mentoring Program Will Help Boost Talent Development, Attraction

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Diverse Talent Strategies have partnered to create a new Engage Mentoring program for local employers. The program seeks to connect northeast Indiana students with professionals in the business community while helping employers attract, retain and develop talent. Read the full story here.

Food/Agriculture Sector Seen as Economic/Workforce Catalyst

Beth Bechdol, whose family has been farming between Auburn and Garrett for seven generations and today tends to 2,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, sees a shining star on the horizon for the northeast Indiana economy. That glitter of promise, she says, is the food and agriculture sector. Read the full story here. Read a food and agriculture study here

I am a 70-year-old disabled Vietnam combat veteran. I had come to the end of my work career and had nothing to look forward to or to motivate me. WorkOne gave me an alternative to giving up. I fought long and hard, went back to school to update my education, and with the help of WorkOne revived my self-respect and self-confidence. I rediscovered my passion for working and became an assistant manager of an automotive parts store.
John Anderson