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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Course Funding for the 2020-2021 school year

The following document from the Governor's Workforce Cabinet helps explain some frequently asked questions regarding CTE course funding levels for the 2020-2021 school year: CTE Course Funding 2020-2021 FAQ. CTE course funding levels will be up for final approval at the State Board of Education meeting on December 27th. Please direct any questions to GWCpubliccomment@gov.in.gov. 

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to hold Statewide Listening Tour

Staff from the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet will host a series of listening tour meetings across the State of Indiana in an effort to deliver information regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2020 State Strategic Plan. The listening tour will include an overview of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, the planning surrounding the development of the state strategic plan, and allow participants to engage in the process. Time will be allotted to discuss barriers Hoosiers are facing, as well as to hear a variety of perspectives from attendees.


Listening Tour Dates

Region 10 - Monday, October 14, 2019: New Albany Central Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 3 - Monday, October 21, 2019: Fort Wayne - Allen County Public Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 8 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Ellettsville Branch - Monroe County Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 7 - Thursday, October 24, 2019: Vigo County Public Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 4 - Monday, October 28, 2019: West Lafayette Public Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 9 - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Bartholomew Public Library, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Region 11 - Monday, November 4, 2019: Evansville - Vanderburgh County Public Library - Central, 5pm-7pm

Region 5 & 12 - Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 2 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019: South Bend - Francis Branch Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 6 - Thursday, November 21, 2019: Muncie Public Library - Maring-Hunt, 5pm-7pm

Region 1 - Monday, November 25, 2019: LaPorte Public Library, 5pm-7pm CST


You may find a map to locate the region in which you live here.

In an effort to ensure ample space for those wishing to attend, the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet invites those interested in participating in a listening tour meeting to sign up here.   

All listening tour dates are open to the public, and do not require an individual to sign up to attend.

If you are unable to attend a listening tour meeting, Hoosiers are welcome to share a written comment with GWC staff by emailing GWCpubliccomment@gov.IN.gov.




Thursday, August 22, 2019



Governor’s Workforce Cabinet Awards Nearly $1M in Career Coaching Grants

INDIANAPOLIS—The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet today announced the award of almost $1 million in grant money to 14 grantees. The Local Career Coaching Grant is an opportunity for K-12 representatives, post-secondary representatives, employers, and community-based organizations to collaborate on a comprehensive, career-focused solution for their community.

The goal is for partners to work together to create a sustainable system for the delivery of local, state, and national career information, as well as the educational attainment levels required for those careers. The system should provide students and adults with opportunities to participate in experiential learning and training in order to make well-informed decisions about their futures.

“The focus of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is aligning the systems of workforce and education-related programs in the state. The Local Career Coaching grantees are taking that mission directly to their schools and communities to ensure residents have the information they need,” said Teresa Lubbers, Cabinet chair and Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. “We look forward to seeing the results of their hard work and collaboration, including how to scale best practices and share information with future partners.”

Awardees include:

Planning Grant

Accelerate West Central Indiana Economic Development: $10,000

Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc.: $10,000

Community Workforce Partnership Steuben and Noble Counties: $10,000

Eastern Indiana Works: $10,000

John H. Boner Community Center: $10,000

Lawrence County Economic Growth Council: $10,000

Miami County Economic Development Authority: $10,000

Mississinewa Community Schools: $10,000

Regional Opportunities Initiatives: $10,000

School City of Hammond: $10,000

South Bend – Elkhart area: $10,000

Implementation Grant

Gary Alumni Pathways to Students: $150,000

Indianapolis Public Schools: $503,854.95

Vincennes University Early College Programs: $109,900

Grant applicants could apply for a planning grant or an implementation grant. Applicants were required to commit a 25% local match for funding and limit administrative expenses to 5% of the total grant.

More information about the grant is available here.



The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet was created by SEA 50 during the 2018 Legislative Session to replace the State Workforce Innovation Council. The bill outlined the Cabinet’s membership requirements and its duties—including requiring the Cabinet to review all workforce-related programs, college and career funding and develop a comprehensive career navigation and coaching system. More information is available at www.in.gov/gwc.



Patrick McGrew




Monday, August 20, 2019 (Updated)

The Governor's Workforce Cabinet is pleased to provide an updated documents list for those wishing to apply for the Workforce Diploma Reimbursement Program:


Workforce Diploma Reimbursement Program


The Workforce Diploma Reimbursement Program offers an opportunity for eligible program providers to deliver Hoosiers over the age of twenty-two with outcomes-driven instruction within the adult education space. Through offerings, such as employability skills, career pathways, coursework, and certifications, which lead to a workforce diploma, eligible program providers will afford life-changing opportunities to those who seek to better their lives.

Per IC 22-4.1-27, an eligible program provider must be an accredited public, nonprofit, or private diploma granting institution with at least two years of experience providing adult dropout recovery services. Those services must include recruitment, learning plan development, and proactive coaching and mentoring, and must culminate in the attainment of a high school diploma. Additionally, eligible program providers must provide: employability skills and career and technical skills development; academic skill intake assessment and transcript evaluation; a learning plan that integrates academic requirements and career goals; remediation course work in literacy and numeracy; research validated academic resiliency assessment and intervention; employability skills development aligned to employer needs; career pathways course work; preparation for industry recognized credentials; and career placement services.

Workforce Diploma Reimbursement Program Recipient

Graduation Alliance

Graduation Alliance is an established pay-for-performance adult dropout recovery program. Operating since 2015, Graduation Alliance provided prior data from both neighboring states of Ohio and Michigan. The data demonstrated a graduation rate of 66.5%, with graduates earning an average wage of $14.86. Additionally, the application showed an 11% increase in adult student participants who are receiving employer-sponsored health insurance benefits. The application provided listed specific tools and partnerships to meet the requirements of the application, such as assessment tools, learning plan implementation and utilization, and career placement services. The budget documentation for Graduation Alliance’s application aligned with the eligible reimbursement milestones. Finally, all services will be provided to students at an average cost per participant of $4,132, which is below the maximum reimbursement potential per student of $6,750.

  • Two Year Adult Recovery Experience: Historical student outcomes data from Ohio and Michigan dating back to 2015
  • Demonstrated graduation rate above the 50% minimum: 66.5%
  • Employability Skills Tool: U.S. Department of Labor’s Skills to Pay the Bills
  • Academic Resiliency Assessment: ScholarCentric
  • Demonstrated utilization of learning plans and establishment of career goals for each student
  • Established Partners: Indiana Healthcare Association, Indiana Manufacturers Association, and the Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council


Monday, August 20, 2019 (Updated)

The Governor's Workforce Cabinet is pleased to provide an updated documents list for those wishing to apply for the Local Career Coaching Grant:

Local Career Coaching Grant Application Summaries 


The 2019-2020 Local Career Coaching Grant RFA received twenty total applications. Ten applications were for Planning Grants, and ten applications were for Implementation Grants. The applications were evaluated using a cross-agency review team, which consisted of members from the Department of Workforce Development, the Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education, the Career and Technical Education team, the State Board of Education, and staff of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, and scored based upon the parameters approved by the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet on April 18th of this year. In total, three Implementation Grants were awarded to three applicants, eleven Planning Grants were awarded to a total of thirteen applicants, and four applicants did not receive a grant.

Implementation Grant Award Recipients

Gary Alumni Pathways to Students (GAPS)

The GAPS Implementation Grant application requested $150,000 to serve 1,550 participants. The application demonstrated a local match from multiple sources totaling $50,000, which, when combined with the requested funds, calculated to a cost of $129.03 per participant. GAPS provided statistical data for each eligibility criteria, of which they met all six categories. The provided annotated list of partnerships confirmed a K-12 institution, a postsecondary institution, an employer, and a community-based organization were involved with the application. GAPS listed several activities for K-14 and adults, such extensive college and career readiness programing, experiential learning opportunities, and robust afterschool activities. Specifically, volunteer and civic engagement through serve-based learning, internships, job shadowing, health service pathways, Man-Boy Leadership Institute programing and Girls Ignited programming, workshops for parents that inform them of the college and career planning resources available to their students and themselves, and educational and workforce training opportunities.

Partners: Gary Community School Corporation, West Side Leadership Academy, Ivy Tech Community College – Lake County Campus, Community HealthNet, Junior Achievement of Chicago – NWI, and Urban League of Northwest Indiana

  • Activities:
    • Duel credit course options
    • Industry credentials in health pathways
    • Career day
    • College planning workshops
    • College and culture tour program
    • Financial literacy workshop
    • Volunteer and civic engagement service-based learning
    • Internships and job shadowing opportunities
    • Parent engagement workshops
    • Man-Boy Leadership Institute afterschool program
    • Girls Ignited afterschool program

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)

The Indianapolis Public Schools Implementation Grant application requested $503,854.95 to serve 16,525 participants. The application demonstrated a local match from multiple sources totaling over $2.5 million, which, when combined with the requested funds, calculated to a cost of $187.24 per participant. IPS provided statistical data for each eligibility criteria, of which they met five of the six categories. The provided annotated list of partnerships confirmed a K-12 institution, a postsecondary institution, an employer, and a community-based organization were involved with the application. IPS listed several activities for K-12 students and adults, such as social/emotional preparedness, career exploration, Junior Achievement BizTown, Summer Melt Program, and Job Ready Indy.

Partners: Corteva Agriscience, Trilogy Health Services, Eli Lilly and Company, Morales Group, Junior Achievement, John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

  • Activities:
    • Social/emotional preparedness
    • Career exploration through Naviance
    • Junior Achievement BizTown
    • Summer Melt Program
    • Job Ready Indy
    • Staff externships
    • Staff social/emotional training
    • SOURCE BOSS Entrepreneurship Camp
    • Work-based learning experiences within Trilogy Health Services
    • Family and Community Engagement six-week model

Vincennes University – Early College Program (VU)

The Vincennes University – Early College Program Implementation Grant application requested $109,900 to serve 140 participants. The application demonstrated a local match from multiple sources totaling $58,485, which, when combined with the requested funds, calculated to a cost of $1,202.75 per participant. VU provided statistical data for each eligibility criteria, of which they met four of the six categories. The provided annotated list of partnerships confirmed a K-12 institution, a postsecondary institution, an employer, and a community-based organization were involved with the application. VU listed several activities for K-12 students and adults, such as career exploration, project-based learning, field trips, financial literacy course work, and Saturday career courses.

Partners: East Allen County Schools, WorkOne – Northeast Indiana Works, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (Indiana/Kentucky Chapter), Allen County Education and Career Coalition, Fort Wayne Housing Authority, Posterity Heights, Questa Education Foundation, Fort Wayne/Allen County NAACP Branch #3049, Parkview Health Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union, Soaring Minds, and Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning.

  • Activities:
    • Mindset Growth
    • Field trips
    • Project-based learning career stations
    • Indiana Career Explorer
    • VU 21st Century Community Learning Center before and after school programming
    • Paid internships and apprenticeships
    • Work-based learning
    • Dual credit
    • Financial literacy
    • Industry tours
    • VU Saturday and Evening courses
    • Personal Business Image
    • Resume writing and interviewing skills

Planning Grant Award Recipients

Applications awarded a Planning Grant demonstrated an understanding of the requirements necessary to develop a local career coaching system. Beyond understanding, the applications verified some actions were taking place towards a supportive local group initiative. Each application specifically identified the appropriate community partnerships to be formed for the grant, which included K-12, postsecondary, employers, and community-based organizations. As a requirement of the application, the awarded applicants provided activities for both K-12 and adults, serving a variety of local needs. Finally, each application demonstrated an understanding of the necessity to utilize present resources and data to best cultivate true change within their community, including identification of exiting gaps for all populations.

List of Planning Grant Award Recipients

Accelerate West Central Indiana Economic Development

Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc.

Community Workforce Partnership Steuben and Noble Counties

Eastern Indiana Works

John H. Boner Community Center

Lawrence County Economic Growth Council

Miami County Economic Development Authority

Mississinewa Community Schools

Regional Opportunity Initiatives

School City of Hammond

South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership

Ivy Tech Community College South Bend – Elkhart

South Bend Community School Corporation



Friday, May 17, 2019

Please follow this link to the document prepared by the Governor's Workforce Cabinet regarding professional growth point language in HEA1002.  


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

RFI 0119.  Please find answers to questions submitted regarding RFI 0119 here.  Please see full RFI for further deadlines and submission requirements.  


For Immediate Release: 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Calling All Indiana Career Coaches!

Applications are currently open for the Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps, a free professional development program in partnership with Skillful Indiana and Governor Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet designed to strengthen and support exceptional career coaching professionals so they are better equipped to connect Hoosiers to effective training opportunities and quality jobs. Selected participants will receive in-depth skills development, one-on-one leadership coaching, and access to a network of peers and leaders in high-demand, high-wage industries. Participating coaches will also form action teams to contribute their skills and experience to develop solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing Indiana’s workforce, and will have the opportunity to present their recommendations to the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet for potential adoption. To learn more and apply, visit here.


For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Cabinet released an RFI to gain information on an innovative, interactive, targeted approach to facilitation communications, and strategy for efficient implementation of the State Combined plan under WIOA. To view the full RFI please click here or visit the IODA website RFI 0119. 


For Immediate Release:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the Markle Foundation, and Microsoft Announce Skillful Indiana: Bringing New Investment, Partners and Innovation to Indiana’s Next Level Workforce Agenda

For Immediate Release:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Taking Indiana's Workforce to the 'Next Level'


For Immediate Release:

Monday, June 11, 2018

Indiana receives federal waiver to implement the state’s workforce plan

INDIANAPOLIS (June 11, 2018) – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb on Friday received a letter from the U.S. Department of Labor indicating a waiver he requested on March 23 has been approved. The waiver allows the new Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to fill the role of the state’s federally-mandated workforce development board. The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet was created in the 2018 legislative session within Senate Enrolled Act 50 and outlines a smaller group with more authority to drive collaboration among employers and state and local partners.

“We are working to build a workforce system that gets more Hoosiers into training and better jobs,” Gov. Holcomb said. “The streamlined structure of the new Governor’s Workforce Cabinet lets us quickly react to changes in the economy and meet the needs of employees and employers. I’m grateful to Secretary Acosta for recognizing that states like Indiana can best innovate when given the flexibility to do so.”

The letter received Friday from the U.S. Department of Labor is linked here.

According to the letter, “ETA [the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor] reviewed the State’s waiver request and plan and has determined that the requirements requested to be waived impede the ability of Indiana to implement its plan to improve the workforce development system. Therefore, ETA approves this waiver for Program Years 2018 through 2020.”

Read about the governor’s waiver request submitted in March online here.

The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet builds on Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Jobs initiative. Launched in August 2017,  Next Level Jobs connects Hoosiers with the skills and training they need to enter fulfilling, high-demand, high-wage jobs as quickly as possible. The program drives money to adult workers and Indiana employers to cover the cost of training and education. Whether you’re a Hoosier looking for a better-paying job or an employer looking for a better-skilled workforce, Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative can help. Learn more at NextLevelJobs.org.