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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.”

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.

Wabash WorkOne Relocates to Community Learning Center

November 6, 2018
The Wabash WorkOne Northeast career center has relocated to the Wabash County Community Learning Center. 
 
The new address is 277 N. Thorne St., Room 107, Wabash. The last day of service at the former address, 1143 N. Cass St., Wabash, was 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.

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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.

The team at Northeast Indiana Works is first-rate! From a recruiting point of view, they have helped me conduct successful job fairs and post for both general and skilled positions.
Sheila Steller, HR Generalist, TI Automotive