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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.”

Noble County WorkOne Relocates to Impact Institute

June 19, 2018
The Noble County WorkOne Northeast career center is relocating to the Impact Institute, effective June 25.
 
The career center, which is at 524 Fairview Blvd., in Kendallville, will move to 1607 Dowling St., Suite 3B, in Kendallville.  It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, although it won’t be open on Thursday, June 21.
 
People interested in seeking WorkOne services June 21 or 22 can visit the center in Auburn at 936 W. 15th St. Hours there are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Adams County WorkOne Center in Decatur Moves to New Home

May 31, 2018
The Adams County WorkOne Northeast career center in Decatur is relocating to the Adams County Service Complex, effective June 6.
 
The career center, which previously was at 251 W. 850 North St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the service complex, 313 W. Jefferson St. The center is in Suite 303. The center’s phone number: 260-724-4963.
 
WorkOne services are also available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays in Wells County at 360 N. Main St., Bluffton, and in Allen County at 201 E. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

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Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Assumes Leadership of MadeByMe

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is taking ownership of an initiative developed by Northeast Indiana Works that encourages young people to pursue careers in the skilled trades, officials announced. As part of the change in leadership, the Gateway Coalition, an Allen County alliance of educators and business leaders, is being renamed the MadeByMe Coalition. Read the full story here.

Indiana's JAG Program Wins National Honor for Exceeding Goals

Indiana's Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program continues to shine as a national leader among its peers, earning a prestigious award for the fifth consecutive year. Fifteen of the state's 139 JAG programs are in northeast Indiana. Read the full story here.

Governor Designates Northeast Indiana 21st Century Talent Region

Northeast Indiana is officially designated as the inaugural 21st Century Talent Region by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. At the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana’s annual meeting June 20, Gov. Holcomb, together with Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo and Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Elaine Bedel, presented the region with its official 21st Century Talent Region designation. Read the full story here.

State unemployment stays at 3.6%; same as the national rate

Indiana's unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent in May and is on par with the national rate. The state's labor force participation rate, meanwhile, is higher than the national rate. Read the full story here.

Northeast Indiana Population Grows; DeKalb, Whitley, Allen Top List

Northeast Indiana’s population is growing, according to statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2018, Northeast Indiana’s regional population grew by nearly 5,000 people. The three counties that experienced the highest growth rate were DeKalb, Whitley and Allen, respectively. 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.

After successfully completing assessments, WorkOne Northeast gave me the financial support necessary to obtain my Commercial Driver’s License. I now own my own rig and I went from a $10-an-hour job to one paying $52,000 a year, allowing me to better support my family. Without WorkOne, I don’t know where I’d be.
Michael Eagans