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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.

Northeast Indiana Works Gets $85,000 Workforce Grant

November 1, 2018
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has awarded Northeast Indiana Works an $85,000 performance grant to help address critical workforce issues in the region, the state agency announced. 

Northeast Indiana Works plans to use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant to improve adult education operations, where adults who lack a high school diploma can earn an equivalency or certification to help them move to a better job. The grant also will help enhance the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program, which targets high school students, and develop career pathways. 

“We extend our appreciation to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for providing this grant and are thrilled to be able to utilize it for talent development in northeast Indiana, particularly in support of creating career pathways in the food and agriculture sector and enhancing JAG programs at 15 high schools,” said Northeast Indiana Works President Edmond O’Neal. “This additional money comes at a critical time for supporting initiatives that will help the region’s employers fill high-wage in-demand jobs now and in the future.”

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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

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