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8 Graduate from Building Futures, Acquire Skills

January 27, 2020
Eight people graduated from a Building Futures pre-apprenticeship program in January.

Building Futures is a 22-day program that helps participants acquire skills in the building trades and gives them an opportunity to earn several certifications. The program is made possible through a partnership between the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council, Northeast Indiana Works and Ivy Tech Community College.

Graduating were Ernijah Auguste, Nicholas Bolin, Darell Davis, Troy Ditaway, David Myers, Santario Simpson, Maurice Taylor and Gary Wilkerson.

Northeast Indiana Works Gets Award for TAA Services

November 12, 2019
Northeast Indiana Works was recently named Region of the Year by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for providing excellent Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) services. 

The TAA program provides various kinds of assistance to workers who have been adversely affected by foreign trade. The assistance can include training, income support, job search guidance, and a relocation allowance.

Northeast Indiana Works oversees WorkOne Northeast career centers in Economic Growth Region 3. During program year 2018-2019, Region 3 served more than 327 TAA-eligible participants across northeast Indiana.

In addition, Region 3 posted the highest successful training completion rate at 91 percent.

Study: Region Losing High School, College Graduates

September 27, 2019
Forty-eight percent of high school and college graduates in northeast Indiana are no longer in the region five years after graduation, analyses released by Northeast Indiana Works show.
 
Most other regions in the state, according to the analyses, have higher percentages.
 
 “Nevertheless, the data indicates the need in northeast Indiana to not only continue to encourage talent to return to the region after going away and presumably acquiring skills but also to retain college-informed talent and utilize their knowledge to help companies and the economy prosper,” said Northeast Indiana Works President Edmond O’Neal.
 
The data was compiled by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development using information from the Indiana Management Performance Hub. In determining the movements of high school and college graduates, a graduate was considered in northeast Indiana if that person had a college enrollment or covered employment wage record in the region. The data included all Indiana public high school and college enrollments and some private school enrollments.
  
In both the high school and college data, the specific in-state locations of small percentages of graduates could not be accounted for because they worked for a multi-county establishment or they were tied to Purdue University Polytechnic statewide. Out-of-state locations were not determined.

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The construction industry in Indiana has added nearly 10,000 jobs year-over-year, making it one of the strongest performing employment sectors in the state during that period, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The 9,800 year-over-year increase ranks Indiana sixth in the nation in the number of construction jobs added during a 12-month span. Read the full story here.

Garrett High School Earns State Earn and Learn Certification

Garrett High School is the latest addition to the growing list of entities to earn a State Earn and Learn (SEAL) certification from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. 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.
After successfully completing assessments, WorkOne Northeast gave me the financial support necessary to obtain my Commercial Driver’s License. I now own my own rig and I went from a $10-an-hour job to one paying $52,000 a year, allowing me to better support my family. Without WorkOne, I don’t know where I’d be.
Michael Eagans