Electrical Maintenance Training Class Proves Successful for Pulaski County

Last Wednesday, seven employees graduated from an 18 week-long NIMS Electrical Maintenance Training Class. This was the first training class to be offered at this capacity in the nation and it was an incredible success for Pulaski County.

All seven employees had perfect attendance throughout the course. According to Pulaski County Economic Development officials, these individuals demonstrated dedication to their craft and a commitment to continuously work on advancing their skills. Each graduate was awarded a nationally recognized credential issued by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. Employers stated that employees who went through the training are already displaying noticeable results on the job. Continue reading

JAG Students Receive Scholarship Awards


JAG students from nine schools in Northwest Indiana recently received scholarship awards totaling $215,434.

According to Miche Grant, Vice President at the Center of Workforce Innovations and the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, the students who participated in the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program will have the opportunity to use this money to help pay for post-secondary education.

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ReadyNWI Meeting Planned For Tuesday In Valparaiso

The Center of Workforce Innovations is hosting a meeting for the Regional Education/Employer Alliance for Development Youth of Northwest Indiana to provide information on the Ready to Work–Ready to Hire: College and Readiness Plan for Northwest Indiana.

The plan includes the yet-to-be-announced “big goal,” recommendations on how to strengthen the assessment system for grades 7–12 to align with business expectations, and ensuring rigor in awarding dual credits while students are in high school to guarantee they are ready for college-level work. Further, the plan works to accelerate the attainment of degrees and industry certifications, and emphasizes the importance of alliances among post-secondary education, businesses, economic and workforce development organizations, employers, and local elected officials in fulfilling the plan.

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Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke Counties in Need of High School Career Advisors

The Center of Workforce Innovations is in search of qualified individuals willing to serve as advisors for the AmeriCorps Career Advisor initiative. This initiative, which covers seven counties and is going on its second year, will provide Northwest Indiana high school students with career information to assist them in their decision-making process and planning for their future after graduation. United Way of Porter County and AmeriCorps are partnering with the center for this initiative.

Career Advisors will work with teachers and counselors to prepare youth and their families for college, the idea of high wage and high demand careers, as well as lifelong learning. They will also mobilize businesses and community organizations to assist students through the school year and, hopefully, beyond.

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