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Work-and-Learn Report Focuses On Regional Improvement

July 5, 2017

A report identifying effective work-and-learn program characteristics was recently completed and presented to northeast Indiana stakeholders by Indianapolis consultant Matt Fleck. 

The report was made possible by a state grant given the Region 3 Works Council and matching assistance through the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.  Northeast Indiana Works worked with Fleck to develop the scope of project.

Work-and-learn programs can include internships, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships. Fleck researched effective work-and-learn programs nationally, recommended criteria for assessing the success of work-and-learn programs, and suggested action steps northeast Indiana can take to improve regional work-and-learn programs. 

The recorded webinar can be accessed at:

http://www.anymeeting.com/tcwmmjrddmn/E955D785884D3A 


Marion High School Student Wins JAG Award for Speech

May 8, 2017
Darice Upchurch hit rock bottom at the age of 12.
 
A molestation four years earlier at the hands of another student had left her bereft of self-esteem. She wore tomboy clothes, believing that would keep her safe from another sexual assault. She bottled up her emotions. She distanced herself from family and peers. She began cutting herself. On her wrists. On her arms. On her stomach.  She was ready to end her life and was trying to figure out what it would take to bleed to death.
 
Had it not been for her mother coming home while Darice was contemplating overdosing on over-the-counter painkillers, Darice might have succeeded.
 
Fast forward to today and Darice, a senior at Marion High School, has emerged from the darkness with the help of God and Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), a federal program overseen regionally by Northeast Indiana Works and Brightpoint designed to assist young people experiencing barriers to educational and workplace success.
 
Earlier this year, Darice delivered a speech about her journey to wellness and won a first-place award at the JAG State Career Development Conference in Indianapolis. The Howard University-bound 18-year-old will deliver the speech again Tuesday (May 9) at a meeting of the State Workforce Innovation Council (SWIC), which includes among its members leaders in government, education, business and social services.
 
“I’m always happy now,” Darice says, “and I realize that God saved me for a purpose. Even though my journey has not been smooth-sailing or perfect, I wouldn’t change anything. Everything that has happened has made me stronger.”
 
Darice was one of 10 award recipients at the state conference from northeast Indiana’s 14 JAG programs. The others: Iesha Young, Snider High School, first place, critical thinking; Millennia Bidwell, East Noble High School, first place, cover design; Cierra Jordan, Heritage High School, second place, employability skills; Snider High School, second place, chapter brochure; Asia Ledesma and Isaia Ruiz, East Noble High School, third place, entrepreneurship plan; Adam Byers, Manchester High School, third place, financial literacy; Wayne High School, third place, blog; and Tyler Caldwell, Garrett High School, honorable mention, outstanding senior finalist.

One-Stop Operator RFP Issued; Submission Deadline May 19

May 2, 2017
Northeast Indiana Works is requesting proposals for qualified entities to serve as a one-stop operator related to WorkOne Northeast’s career centers and WIOA-related services.
 
Deadline for submissions is noon on May 19.
 
The one-stop operator will coordinate service delivery of participating one-stop partners. That includes establishing linkages between all one-stop partners to review mission and value alignment; facilitate conversations on data sharing and performance tracking between partners; and working with Northeast Indiana Works staff to conduct meetings with stakeholders to negotiate service delivery commitments.
 
A one-stop operator can be a single entity or multiple entities working together; a public, private, for-profit or non-profit organization; an institution of higher education; a government agency; or a community-based, non-profit organization or intermediary.
 
More details about the Request for Proposal (RFP) can be found here.  Questions must be submitted via email to eoneal@neinworks.org. Type INQUIRY: OSO in the subject line. Responses are posted here

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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