Rick Farrant of Northeast Indiana Works appears on Opportunity Knocks and talks about the expanded indianacareerready.com website and the many resources it offers. Watch the segment here


Region Awarded $670,148 Grant for Trades, Insurance Training

October 21, 2016
Northeast Indiana has been awarded a $670,148 Skill UP Indiana! grant to support training programs in the skilled trades and insurance industries.
Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership collaborated to develop the scope of the initiatives. Key industry partners in the initiatives are the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council, a group of 18 trades organizations, and Northeast Indiana Specialty Insurers, a group of seven insurers.
Counting matching funds and in-kind contributions, the investment in the programs will total $994,148. One of the significant matching contributions to the skilled trades initiative is $100,000 from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  
“These initiatives will help fill talent pipelines for two growing, relatively high-wage industry sectors,” said Gary Gatman, executive vice president of strategic initiatives for Northeast Indiana Works. “This is a critical evolution of successful career pathway work that has already been completed in northeast Indiana.”

Huntington Community Learning Center Dedicated

September 12, 2016
The Huntington County Community Learning Center, a one-stop resource for high school and adult learners, was dedicated in ceremonies Sept. 15 at 2201 N. Jefferson St.
The $1.4-million center project, four years in the making, involved a 7,552-square-foot expansion of Huntington County Community Schools Corp.’s vocational center. It was made possible by numerous donations from private- and public-sector funding sources.
“The learning center is a central place for job seekers to find out what jobs are available and what training and education is required to land those jobs,’ said Tiffanney Drummond, director of career and technical education and the learning center. “We have everything from dual-college-credit vocational courses for high school students, to academic college courses, to certification-based short-term training. Wherever you are on your career path, we have something to help you along the way.”
Major tenants of the center are WorkOne Northeast, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, Huntington County Community Schools and Huntington University. Other education and training providers will also periodically provide services.

State Grant Will Support Work-and-Learn Planning in Region

July 26, 2016
The Region 3 Works Council and Northeast Indiana Works have been awarded a $40,000 state grant to develop an innovative regional model for work-and-learn opportunities for youth and young adults.
Gary Gatman, Northeast Indiana Works executive vice president of strategic initiatives, said the region’s plan is to complete an evaluation of existing work-and-learn opportunities in northeast Indiana; explore other work-and-learn models in the state and nationally; develop an action plan with the assistance of a consultant and key community stakeholders; and roll out the work-and-learn model to stakeholders.
Among those providing input: all five of the region’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) districts; workforce and economic development leaders; sector partnerships involving educators and employers; and other leaders from the education arena.

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Superior Aluminum Alloys and WorkOne Northeast have been working together closely for the past couple of years. We have participated in WorkOne hiring events and utilized other programs they have to offer. They have been a tremendous partner and have been a great support in helping us get the right talent in the right seat. We appreciate all that they have done and continue to do for us and the greater Fort Wayne area.
Ashley Benvenuti, HR Manager, Superior Aluminum Alloys