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Noble County WorkOne Relocates to Impact Institute

June 19, 2018
The Noble County WorkOne Northeast career center is relocating to the Impact Institute, effective June 25.
 
The career center, which is at 524 Fairview Blvd., in Kendallville, will move to 1607 Dowling St., Suite 3B, in Kendallville.  It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, although it won’t be open on Thursday, June 21.
 
People interested in seeking WorkOne services June 21 or 22 can visit the center in Auburn at 936 W. 15th St. Hours there are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Adams County WorkOne Center in Decatur Moves to New Home

May 31, 2018
The Adams County WorkOne Northeast career center in Decatur is relocating to the Adams County Service Complex, effective June 6.
 
The career center, which previously was at 251 W. 850 North St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the service complex, 313 W. Jefferson St. The center is in Suite 303. The center’s phone number: 260-724-4963.
 
WorkOne services are also available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays in Wells County at 360 N. Main St., Bluffton, and in Allen County at 201 E. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Program Launched to Help People with Disabilities

May 22, 2018
Northeast Indiana Works has been designated an employment network by the Social Security Administration, paving the way for the nonprofit workforce development organization to offer a Ticket to Work program that will help eligible people with disabilities succeed in the workforce.
 
Northeast Indiana Works becomes the fourth organization in the region and 32nd in the state to receive the employment network designation. The Ticket to Work program will be offered through Northeast Indiana Works’ WorkOne Northeast career centers.
 
Ticket to Work, which is free and voluntary, is designed to help people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.
 
Among the free, supportive one-on-one services offered to Ticket to Work participants through WorkOne Northeast: Pre-employment training and assistance, such as resume development, interview training, how to find jobs, and benefits counseling, as well as ongoing supports once a person is employed.

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"Because failure is not an option, Busche enlisted the assistance of Northeast Indiana Works in helping arrange customized training for our workers in CNC machining and industrial maintenance. Northeast Indiana Works was open to new ideas in the development of the training. Now, Busche employees who participated in the training have the opportunity to receive pay increases along with promotions for the enhanced skills and abilities they have achieved."
Lori Busche, HR Manager, Busche Inc.