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Program Launched to Help People with Disabilities

May 22, 2018
Northeast Indiana Works has been designated an employment network by the Social Security Administration, paving the way for the nonprofit workforce development organization to offer a Ticket to Work program that will help eligible people with disabilities succeed in the workforce.
 
Northeast Indiana Works becomes the fourth organization in the region and 32nd in the state to receive the employment network designation. The Ticket to Work program will be offered through Northeast Indiana Works’ WorkOne Northeast career centers.
 
Ticket to Work, which is free and voluntary, is designed to help people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.
 
Among the free, supportive one-on-one services offered to Ticket to Work participants through WorkOne Northeast: Pre-employment training and assistance, such as resume development, interview training, how to find jobs, and benefits counseling, as well as ongoing supports once a person is employed.

Gateway Coalition Hosts Career Fair for Allen County Students

May 11, 2018
About 130 Junior and senior high school students in Allen County attended a MADEBYME Career Fair May 11 at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The career fair was organized by the Gateway Coalition, a group of educators, industry representatives and other community leaders dedicated to creating awareness among middle and high school students about careers in manufacturing and the skilled trades. The group is being led by the North Indiana Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Since 2015, Gateway Coalition members have gone into Allen County schools and spoken to more than 3,700 middle and high school students about career pathways in manufacturing and the skilled trades. More than 50 high school counselors have gone on plant tours arranged by the Gateway Coalition.

MADEBYME, meanwhile, is a regional manufacturing/construction awareness campaign launched three years ago by Northeast Indiana Works and supported by a website (www.madebyme.me) that offers information about certification-based employment needs among northeast Indiana manufacturers and skilled trades employers; general wage information; and a list of providers offering Career and Technical Education (CTE) training. Northeast Indiana Works is part of the Gateway Coalition.

Free Construction Trades Class Scheduled for June in Allen

April 10, 2018
A second Allen County Building Futures training class is scheduled June 4-22 at Ivy Tech Community College-Fort Wayne, the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works announced.
 
The free, three-week pre-apprenticeship program is designed to enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations.
 
Building Futures classes include instruction on such things as communication, problem-solving, safety and health, blueprint reading, construction math, material handling, tool utilization, and quality. Students will have an opportunity to earn two industry-recognized certifications and complete Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training.
 
Building Futures is for people 18 years old and older. People who are selected for the program must undergo a pre-assessment process that includes a drug screen. Participants will receive a $200-a-week stipend during the course of the program.
 
People interested in the program can begin the signup process by visiting neibt.org or by calling the building trades at 260-489-8574. Deadline for signing up is May 18.

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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.

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