WorkOnes Closed
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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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.

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.

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