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.


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.

Center, Specialists Receive American Legion Honors

July 20, 2016
A regional WorkOne Northeast career center and two veterans services specialists recently won statewide awards presented by the American Legion.

The DeKalb County WorkOne Northeast career center in Auburn was given the 2016 Employment Service Local Office Award, Remona Kamer of the DeKalb office received the 2016 Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) Award and Ronda Gilbert of the Grant County WorkOne Northeast career center received the 2016 Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist Award.

The local statewide winners will now be considered for national American Legion recognition.

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"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

WorkOne Northeast gave me a chance to start over in a new career, even at my age. Through education and training, I’m learning an in-demand trade as a CNC machinist at Greatbatch Medical and making a living wage at the same time. Thank you WorkOne for giving me the chance to show the world that old dogs can learn new tricks.
Rebecca Miller