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Region 5 Updates

Let's Build Indiana:  The Indiana Youth Institute is bringing in leaders from top construction firms and apprenticeship programs around central Indiana to talk to teachers, school counselors and other youth-serving professionals about what students need to succeed in the skilled trades.

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HIRE UP INDY:  Like many areas around the state, Central Indiana faces a challenge in providing skilled workers to meet current and future employee needs.  Employ Indy recently released a brief video highlighting the Central Indiana skills gap. The message impacts Hoosier families, educators, businesses and workforce development professionals and stresses that aligning education and workforce efforts with business needs is critical in developing future careers and sustaining our Indiana business economy.

Please share the video and message below while encouraging everyone to “Hire Up.”

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Conexus Interns Program (currently covering regions 4 & 5)

The Conexus Interns program is open to high school students meeting specific criteria.  Participants for the Interns program are selected through a competitive process designed to identify and support those students who have a true interest in advanced manufacturing and logistics careers.  These interns will earn money during the summer, receive valuable work experience with an Indiana company, develop a career path, and participate in two Conexus Interns Summits where participants will meet and interact with students from across Central Indiana to learn and share their internship experiences.

About the Indiana Works Councils

The Regional Works Councils were created by unanimous vote during the 2013 legislative session. Each of the 11 council are comprised of approximately 15 local education and workforce leaders from within their respective region. The Works Councils are charged with facilitating sector partnerships within their region and enhancing the career readiness of Hoosier adults and high school students through the development and support of innovative career and technical education (CTE) curricula. This is achieved by expanding new approaches toward earning industry-recognized certifications, increasing dual credits attainment, and creating both project-based learning and work-based learning opportunities designed to align curriculum with regional workforce needs.

The Regional Works Councils staff provides each council with administrative support, consultation services, grant administration, project management, and board instruction and development. The staff also collaborates the efforts of each council through the development of best practices and the planning of regional and statewide conferences.

Two Plan A's

"All students deserve the same opportunity for success, whether they want to go to college or start their career right out of high school. This is not about a Plan A and a Plan B –this is about two Plan A’s.” ~ Governor Mike Pence