WorkOnes Open Walk-In Service
All 11 WorkOne Northeast career centers are scheduled to open to walk-in customers beginning the week of July 6. Service is also available by appointment. (See story below.) Hours and days of operation at the centers can be found here. The centers will be closed July 3 in observance of the Fourth of July. People must continue to file for unemployment benefits online here. If you're having difficulty with your claim, here are the possible reasons. Staff at the centers are practicing extensive safety precautions and encouraging customers to also follow certain safety procedures. Because of the safety precautions, walk-in customer capacity will be limited.  We have developed a plan to address the safety of WorkOne Northeast staff and customers. That plan can be found here.

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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.”

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.

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In other NewsIn other News

State Unemployment Dips to 12.3%; Lower Than the National Rate

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 12.3 percent for May and is lower than the national rate of 13.3 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

DWD: Scammers Preying on People Filing for Unemployment

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has issued a fraud alert to notify those who have filed for unemployment insurance benefits in 2020 that they need to protect their personal information from potential scammers. Read full story here.

Feds OK Reimbursement to State for Extension of Unemployment Benefits

On June 5, 2020, the United States Department of Labor notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) that Indiana has triggered “on” Extended Benefits (EB). The EB program provides federal reimbursement to the state for up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits. EB took effect on June 7, 2020.  Read the full story here

Professional Development Sessions for High School, College Students

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, in collaboration with OrthoWorx, is hosting five free professional development sessions virtually for high school and college students throughout Indiana as part of the Regional Internship Program for Employers. The first session is June 11. Read the full story here

Allen County Initial UI Claims Already Exceed Total for 2008

First-time jobless claims from Allen County residents for the first 16 weeks of this year have reached more than 32,160 and now exceed the total for 2008, the biggest stretch of the Great Recession. Calculations by Purdue University Fort Wayne's Community Research Institute also show these initial claims for unemployment benefits are on pace to exceed those filed in 2009. Read the full story here.

Dale Buuck Named President of Whitley Economic Development

Dale Buuck has been named president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation. He previously held leadership positions with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Read the full story here.
With the help of Northeast Indiana Works, WorkOne Northeast, the Noble County EDC, Ivy Tech and the Freedom Academy, we were able to develop the foundation for the Dexter Skilled Trades Training Program. Without this partnership, we would not be able to meet our ever-growing customer demand.
Holly M. Pfeiffer, Human Resources Manager, Dexter Axle