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Noble EDC, Partnership Surveying Rural Residents

November 2, 2017

The Noble County Economic Development Corporation in collaboration with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership are inviting rural community members to complete a survey about what it's like living and working in northeast Indiana's rural communities. 

Many transformative initiatives have been put into place to fulfill the goal of the Road to One Million and grow our regional population to one million residents by 2030. The Rural Talent Survey is the beginning of another initiative with the same goal, but it is specifically focused on the rural parts of our region. Once the survey results are tabulated, the information will be used to develop a strategic marketing plan for talent attraction unique to rural areas.

The deadline to complete the survey is December 15.  You can access the survey here.


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.

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Garrett High School Earns State Earn and Learn Certification

Garrett High School is the latest addition to the growing list of entities to earn a State Earn and Learn (SEAL) certification from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Read the full story here.

State unemployment drops to 3.5%; lower than the national rate

Indiana's unemployment rate dipped to 3.5 percent in June and was less than the national rate. The state's labor force, meanwhile, had a net decrease of 10,126 over the previous month. Read the full story here.

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.

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.
Returning to college at 38 years old for career advancement was a great challenge, but WorkOne Northeast not only helped with grants for tuition and books, they also helped me hone my interview skills and aided in developing an effective resume. Today, thanks to WorkOne, I am a Registered Nurse and clinical specialist for Parkview Physicians Group.
Tina Hamrick