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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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.

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.

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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.
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