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Governor’s Workforce Cabinet Releases Indiana’s Strategic Workforce Plan

(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet has released Indiana’s Strategic Workforce Plan, A Better Future for Every Hoosier, following a unanimous approval vote at today’s Cabinet meeting. The Plan focuses on ensuring all Hoosiers have equitable opportunities for lifelong learning, increasing personal economic mobility and providing employers the talent to grow and diversify their workforce.

A Better Future for Every Hoosier is Indiana’s first coordinated Strategic Plan for a talent development system aligning early learning, K-12 education, postsecondary education and workforce training. It will be submitted as Indiana’s federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) plan by April 1, and the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet built it to serve as Indiana’s guiding document for action over the next five years.

Click here to view a snapshot of A Better Future for Every Hoosier.

“A Better Future for Every Hoosier represents a collaborative effort among business leaders, lawmakers, state agencies and educators, as well as nonprofit and private partners, to better serve all Hoosiers and provide equitable opportunities for education and training, employment and ultimately upward economic mobility,” said Governor’s Workforce Cabinet Executive Director P.J. McGrew. “We are committed to continuing work with all stakeholders to implement this Plan and see positive outcomes for all Hoosiers as a result.”

The Plan prioritizes shifting the conversation around talent development from programs to people through a unique, innovative approach that centers the needs of identified target populations. Target populations included in the Plan represent groups of Hoosiers who have been identified as needing additional supports from the workforce and social services systems. This human-centered approach allows for the Plan’s strategies to be specific to the needs of each selected target population.

Strategies for Success

Five comprehensive strategies are embedded throughout the plan to improve an individual’s experience interacting with the talent development system and ensure Indiana is maximizing the impact of state and federal investments:

  • Data sharing – Improving data sharing will allow for better understanding of who the state serves, where they are being served and how the state serves them.
  • Co-enrollment – This strategy will ensure all Hoosiers are served holistically with a data-informed package of services that work together to meet their unique needs.
  • Co-location – The plan identifies a number of different ways for entities to improve customer service by strategically locating staff in ways that break down barriers for individuals when they access state services.
  • Cross-training – To effectively implement other strategies, the plan recognizes the importance of increasing state, local and front-line staff knowledge of programs and resources across Indiana’s talent development system to better serve Hoosiers.
  • Employer engagement – The plan calls for sharing information with Hoosier businesses about the benefits of Indiana’s talent development system and encouraging them to engage with key populations.

Numerous other targeted strategies are included in the Plan to assist individuals, employers, state agencies and other stakeholders who interact with the talent development system as a user or provider of services.   

Measuring Progress

A critical component of A Better Future for Every Hoosier is measuring the state’s progress across the talent development system. The Plan indicates a number of different metrics that the Cabinet will be tracking with assistance from other state agencies. The metrics are organized around four themes:

  1. Economic Impact
  2. Employment Metrics
  3. Educational Attainment
  4. Student Engagement and Career Preparation

A Better Future for Every Hoosier will now be submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor and US Department of Education in advance of the April 1 submission deadline and can begin to be implemented once federal approval is received.

To view the full Strategic Workforce Plan, click here, or to view an Executive Summary, click here.  

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About the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet:

The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet (GWC) was formed in 2018 with the mission of addressing current and future education and employment needs for individuals and employers, strengthening Indiana’s economy by integrating and aligning state and federal resources, and ensuring a talent-driven education and workforce system. The membership of the GWC includes the business community, K-12 representatives, postsecondary institutions, Indiana lawmakers, and leaders from Indiana state agencies.

What people are saying about Indiana’s agenda for

talent development, A Better Future for Every Hoosier

 

Cabinet Members

Cabinet Chair and Indiana Commission for Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers

“Evident in this Strategic Workforce Plan is the clear focus of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, which is helping to improve the lives of Hoosiers. I believe this is the right plan for the state of Indiana and it will continue to guide the Cabinet’s work of ensuring a better future for every Hoosier.”

Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo

“Ensuring a better future for every Hoosier is top priority, and Indiana’s Strategic Workforce Plan lays out how the Indiana team will work together to do just that. The Plan’s strategies to lift up our state’s most vulnerable populations and increase equitable lifelong learning opportunities will grow personal economic mobility and provide employers with a skilled and diverse talent pipeline. Continuing to leverage data, break down barriers, and integrate state systems will help us to better serve Hoosiers and reach key goals like having 60 percent of the population with a quality postsecondary credential by 2025.”

Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne

 

“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development fully supports the Cabinet’s efforts to align all levels of education with workforce training. A Better Future for Every Hoosier will serve as Indiana’s guiding document for action over the next five years, and we look forward to our continued collaboration with the Cabinet to ensure this coordinated Strategic Plan is successful in developing Indiana talent.”

 

Custom Concrete Senior Vice President Jason Ells

“As Custom Concrete continues to navigate the challenges of the skills gap and talent shortage, we are encouraged by the proactive steps our state is taking to ensure that all Hoosiers can continue to learn and improve their abilities. By better aligning programs and integrating systems through this Strategic Plan, our current and future workforce will have much better access to the resources that they need to become the best versions of themselves.”

Indiana Parenting Institute Chief Operating Officer Jená Bellezza

“As a community-driven nonprofit, I can honestly say that this Strategic Plan works hard to ensure Indiana’s talent development system meets each individual Hoosier where they are at. Whether a job-seeker, job-changer, or employer, it provides innovative ways and opportunities for meeting your goals, with an emphasis on working with you to overcome your barriers to getting there – a first. I am excited to see its full potential at work once transitioned into place. I believe it puts Indiana as a place to watch – where focusing on both talent and employer needs, and equipping both, is the key to achieving a talent development system that works for all.”

120WaterAudit CEO Megan Glover

“Ensuring we have a diverse and skilled workforce is crucial to the State of Indiana's growing tech sector. As a CEO for a growing technology company, it's imperative we have a plan in place to meet the needs of those jobs now and into the future. On behalf of the tech community, I support the Strategic Plan, as it provides pathways and resourcing to skill and place Hoosiers for technology jobs that will have an incredible impact on our state's economic development”.  

Vespa Group Founder Tony Vespa

“As a small business owner, I’m extremely excited to see this plan put into action.  It puts Hoosiers first – aligning programs and resources to provide increased opportunities for our citizens and strengthen our workforce.”

 

Community Organizations and Partners

Indiana Workforce Board Alliance

“The Indiana Workforce Board Alliance (INWBA) is pleased to see the people-centered approach this strategic plan takes to increase employment opportunities for all Hoosiers. The 12 autonomous regional workforce development boards are committed to serving as catalysts for the successful implementation of this plan and look forward to working collaboratively with appropriate state agencies to establish and execute initiatives that empower its success.”

Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis

“Indiana is doing the smart thing by taking a comprehensive approach to developing talent. Officials there are weaving together a number of fragmented resources to help people of all racial, ethnic, and income backgrounds get the knowledge and skills they need to build healthy, prosperous lives.”

Skillful Indiana

“Skillful Indiana is very pleased to see a skills-centric, people-focused approach included in the state workforce plan, A Better Future for Every Hoosier.”

 

Indiana Chamber Vice President of Education and Workforce Development Jason Bearce

“The state’s Strategic Workforce Plan is aligned with the Indiana Chamber’s Indiana Vision 2025 economic development efforts and contains important metrics and measurements that will help ensure its success for all Hoosiers.”

Indiana Institute of Working Families President Jessica Fraser

“The Indiana Institute for Working Families commends the Governor's Workforce Cabinet for the priorities included in its new combined workforce plan. This Plan correctly focuses on the holistic needs of Hoosiers as they try to gain the skills needed to compete in our economy. A combined plan shows that the state is committed to integrating services and collaborating across agencies to provide strategic services and supports to Hoosiers seeking workforce services.”

Foster Success President & CEO Maggie Stevens

“This Strategic Plan maximizes resources across many systems, agencies, and organizations to meet the needs of all Hoosiers including current and former foster youth - working to access education, job training, and other resources to succeed in and contribute to our communities.”

IN*SOURCE Executive Director Joel Boehner

“This Strategic Plan is a step in the right direction toward meeting the needs of students with disabilities and other vulnerable populations to help ensure that all Hoosiers have the supports and opportunities necessary to secure a better future.”

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

 

Governor’s Workforce Cabinet Staff to hold Webinar on Strategic Workforce Plan

 

(INDIANAPOLIS) Staff from the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet will be holding a webinar on Monday, February 24th, to gather feedback on Indiana’s Strategic Workforce Plan. Individuals participating in the webinar will be able to offer verbal and written feedback. The Plan was released on February 6th and is open for public comment through March 8th. The Plan can be accessed here and comments can be submitted to GWCpubliccomment@gov.IN.gov throughout the public comment period.

 

What:

  • Indiana Strategic Workforce Plan webinar

Who:

  • Executive Director P.J. McGrew and Chief of Staff Alicia Kielmovitch will facilitate the webinar.  

When:

  • Monday, February 24th, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

Register:

  • To register for the webinar, please fill out this form. Individuals who register will receive login information for the webinar closer to the event.

Contact:

Sam Rourke, Communications Coordinator

Email: SRourke@gov.IN.gov Phone: (317) 430-5233

 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

State of Indiana Releases Draft of Strategic Workforce Plan

(INDIANAPOLIS) The State of Indiana has released a draft of its Strategic Workforce Plan that will serve as the state’s Combined Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for the next 4 years. The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet coordinated the development of the Strategic Workforce Plan with involvement from the following state agencies: the Family and Social Services Administration, Department of Workforce Development, Commission for Higher Education, Department of Corrections, Department of Education, Office of Career Connections & Talent, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Department of Child Services. Numerous non-profit and private partners, along with members of the general public, also assisted with the Plan’s development.

Public comment is sought over the next month beginning February 6 and ending March 8. The Plan can be accessed through the link at the conclusion of this announcement. Comments may be submitted by email to GWCpubliccomment@gov.IN.gov. A webinar is also planned for February 24th that will serve as another forum for individuals to submit comments. Additional details will be provided on the webinar closer to the event.

Indiana’s State Combined Plan includes the six WIOA Core programs: Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Wagner-Peyser, Adult Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation, as well the following partner programs:

  • Career and Technical Education Programs-Perkins Act
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Programs
  • Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Unemployment Insurance Programs
  • Employment and Training programs under the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program

Indiana State Combined Plan - DRAFT: Link

Plan Appendix - DRAFT: Link

Media Contact:

Sam Rourke, Communications Coordinator

Email: SRourke@gov.IN.gov Phone: (317) 430-5233

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Friday, January 24, 2019

Office of Career and Technical Education Announces Grants for 2020-2021 School Year

Planning and Implementation Grants will assist selected Schools and CTE Districts with implementing Next Level Programs of Study.

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) within the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is currently working with K-12 teachers and administrators, Ivy Tech Community College, and Vincennes University to rethink and revitalize current CTE programming by developing Next Level Programs of Study. These programs of study contain intentional coursework designed to give Indiana students the opportunity to earn credentials, including industry certifications and postsecondary certificates, while they are in high school. Students who participate in these programs of study will be able to launch their careers sooner, while saving money on postsecondary tuition and training expenses.

To facilitate statewide rollout of Next Level Programs of Study during the 2021-2022 school year, Planning and Implementation Grants are available to any public high school, public charter school, or Perkins-eligible recipient interested in offering a pilot program for the 2020-2021 school year. Up to 36 Planning Grants will be awarded with a maximum amount per grant recipient of $5,000. Additionally, up to 12 of the Planning Grant recipients will receive an Implementation Grant of up to $50,000. Grant recipients will receive training and support from State CTE staff throughout the pilot program and will also have the opportunity to give feedback regarding implementation.

The grant application, including additional information, is linked below. If you are unable to edit the application when opening it, select “View” and then “Edit Document”. Responses can then be typed into the fields on the application. Completed applications should be saved as a PDF and emailed to Jerris Cross, Assistant Director of CTE and Perkins Administrator, at jecross@gov.in.gov. Additional questions can be sent to Anthony Harl, Assistant Director of CTE – Programs, at AHarl1@gov.in.gov.

Next Level Programs of Study Planning Grant Application: Link

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. 

Media Contact - Sam Rourke

Email: SRourke@gov.in.gov Cell: (317) 430-5233

 

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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

 

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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.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Patrick McGrew

PaMcgrew1@gov.IN.gov

 

 

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

Overview

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 

Overview

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.