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Northeast Indiana Works and all WorkOne Northeast career centers will be closed May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

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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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Proposal: Extend Pell Grants to Short-Term Training Programs

Two federal lawmakers from Indiana have joined to introduce legislation establishing a pilot program that would tailor federal Pell Grants to fit the job market. The pilot is for education and training lasting between 320 and 600 hours – also known as short-term training programs. Read the full story here.

Bendix plans $10-million Expansion; Will Add 40 New Huntington Jobs

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DWD Receives National Award for virtual job fair for inmates

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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.
Returning to college at 38 years old for career advancement was a great challenge, but WorkOne Northeast not only helped with grants for tuition and books, they also helped me hone my interview skills and aided in developing an effective resume. Today, thanks to WorkOne, I am a Registered Nurse and clinical specialist for Parkview Physicians Group.
Tina Hamrick