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4 Region High School Students Honored at JAG Conference

March 22, 2018
Four northeast Indiana high school students affiliated with the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program were honored at Indiana’s JAG Career Development Conference March 16 in Indianapolis.

Iesha Young of Snider High School earned a second-place honor in the prestigious outstanding senior category, which recognizes seniors who exemplify the JAG spirit through commitment to education, community service and leadership.

Other local winners: Taylor Geise, Manchester High School senior, second place for career presentation; Kyi Naing, New Haven High School junior, third place for career presentation; Cohen Marvel, Manchester High School junior, third place for employability skills.

Intelenet Expanding in Fort; Hiring 500 More Workers

January 23, 2018
Intelenet Global Services, a business outsourcing and solutions company, is in the process of hiring 500 more workers at its Fort Wayne call center, bringing the company’s local workforce to at least 750.

Annual wages for entry-level customer service associates average about $23,500 a year, company officials said, and annual average wages for managers are about $30,000.

The large worker recruitment effort coincides with increased customer demand and a doubling of Intelenet’s local facility at 5001 U.S. Highway 30 – from about 19,000 square feet to about 38,000 square feet.

“Our decision to significantly expand the Fort Wayne delivery center reinforces our continuous commitment to contribute to the economic growth of the city and the state of Indiana,” said Vijay Reddy, chief operating officer for Intelenet. “This facility has played a key role in our operations since it was opened in 2014, and we are now in the process of expanding its infrastructure to meet increasing customer demand.

People interested in Intelenet jobs can visit intelenetjobs.com, a WorkOne Northeast career center, or call Intelenet’s recruiting line at 469-729-6660.

TI Automotive Growing in Ashley; Seeks 60 More Workers

November 27, 2017
TI Automotive in Ashley is seeking 57 production workers, two material movers and a maintenance technician in response to business growth, new products and technology.

The production positions will be eight-hour first-, second- and third-shift jobs with paid lunch breaks and 25-cent shift premiums for the second and third shifts. Forklift experience is preferred for material movers, but not required. Those positions will be 8½-hour first- and second-shift jobs with an unpaid lunch break and a 25-cent shift premium for the second shift.

Starting pay for the production/material mover positions is $12.75 an hour, with an opportunity to earn $13.88 an hour after one year. Ideal candidates will have some manufacturing experience, but it is not required. A high school degree or the equivalent is not required.

All positions offer medical, dental, prescription, vision and vacation benefits, plus a 401k. Interested parties can fill out an application at TI Automotive, 507 H.L. Thompson Jr. Drive, Ashley, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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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.

WorkOne Northeast gave me a chance to start over in a new career, even at my age. Through education and training, I’m learning an in-demand trade as a CNC machinist at Greatbatch Medical and making a living wage at the same time. Thank you WorkOne for giving me the chance to show the world that old dogs can learn new tricks.
Rebecca Miller