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All 11 WorkOne Northeast career centers are closed to the public indefinitely. The action is designed to protect WorkOne customers, staff members, their families and the community at large as the region and nation tackle COVID-19.  People must file for unemployment benefits online by computer, tablet or smartphone here and can search for jobs online here. Selected jobs will also be posted on the WorkOne Northeast Facebook page. People will be able to contact by phone WorkOne staff and leave a voicemail message. Because of the high volume of calls, return calls may take longer than usual. We apologize for any inconvenience. Career center numbers can be found here. For statewide information related to COVID-19, go here. For employers planning large layoffs (50 or more), please visit here. For a look at some companies that are hiring in the midst of the virus outbreak, go here

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May Designated CTE Awareness Month, Signing Days Planned

May 3, 2019
Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership have designated May Career and Technical Education (CTE) Awareness Month in the region.
 
It is a first-of-its-kind regional designation for CTE programs and a number of activities have been planned, including a May 22 visit by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch to an event hosted by FWCS Career Academy at Anthis. All of the events throughout the region will involve signing ceremonies in which high school students who have completed a CTE course of study and landed a job symbolically sign on with their employers. Some of the students will have earned industry-recognized credentials or college credits.
 
Edmond O’Neal, president of Northeast Indiana Works, said designating the month and holding the events is patterned after signing days that typically recognize the college choices of athletes.
 
“Historically, educational or athletic recognition has been reserved for high school students who are about to enter college or those who are about to graduate from college,” O’Neal said. “And yet, many of our high school students are choosing to pursue education and training that allows them to go directly into the workforce.
 
“Typically, CTE students who do that are taking on jobs that are critical to both their own economic stability and the economic stability of region employers. Their accomplishments are equally significant to the accomplishments of students who choose a college path.”
 
John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, linked the focus on CTE training and awareness to the prosperity and growth of the region overall.
 
“For northeast Indiana to succeed in today’s global economy, we must encourage students to pursue a variety of different career paths, including two- and four-year college degrees and CTE programs,” Sampson said. “Regional employers are eager to access skilled workers now, and CTE programs can provide the talent companies need to sustain and grow operations.”

WorkOne Northeast Advisers Chosen for Coaching Corps

March 19, 2019
Five employment training advisers with WorkOne Northeast are among 35 career coaches from across Indiana named to the first Skillful Indiana Governor’s Coaching Corps.
 
The program, a collaboration of Skillful Indiana and Gov. Eric Holcomb, is an eight-month training and leadership development initiative designed to support Indiana’s career coaching professionals so they can serve Indiana jobseekers more effectively in a changing economy. The coaching corps participants represent a diverse mix of organizations, including public workforce centers, adult education institutions, K-12 schools, and nonprofits.
 
WorkOne Northeast participants are: Michelle Garcia, representing career centers in DeKalb and Noble counties; Tammy Gibson, Allen County; Brianna James-Logan, Grant County; Jesus Rosario, Allen County, and Thomas Utnage, DeKalb County.

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.”

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State Unemployment Stays at 3.1%; Remains Below National Rate

Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.1 percent for February and was lower than the national rate of 3.5 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.  Read the full story here.

Gatman Named Executive Director of Noble County Economic Development

Gary Gatman, a longtime regional workforce development executive and formerly a vice president at Northeast Indiana Works, has been named executive director of the Noble County Economic Development Corporation.  Read the full story here

WorkOne Helps Bosnia Native Earn HSE, Medical Assistant Certification

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$125,000 Grant Will Help Increase Educational Attainment

Northeast Indiana has been designated a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation in partnership with The Kresge Foundation and will receive a $125,000 grant to support local efforts to increase educational attainment. Read the full story here. 

Region's Per Capital Income Grows; Still Lags National Average

Per capita personal income in northeast Indiana’s 11 counties continues to grow at a faster rate over recent years, but growth in 2018 lagged behind the nation, according to numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. 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