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The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is giving an additional $1.5 million to career and technical education programs. The money is meant to offset the cost of keeping programs open during the pandemic.

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Indiana Tech is the state’s first university approved to offer workforce training programs, paid for by the state as part of the Rapid Recovery Plan to get Hoosiers back to work.

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The Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is getting more than two million dollars to support the state’s Rapid Recovery Plan. It’s intended to help with workforce training programs and career coaching in light of the pandemic.

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The Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, alongside state education and workforce agencies, announced a "Rapid Recovery For A Better Future" plan that adds millions of dollars to some existing education and job training programs. It’s meant to help workers come back from record unemployment levels due to COVID-19.

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On March 23, just hours before Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the closure of non-essential businesses, the South Bend Police Department received this 911 call. It’s from a staff member at the local WorkOne office.

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The Department of Workforce Development has paid out $1.4 billion in unemployment benefits since March, with about $440 million coming from the state. Meanwhile, the agency is still dealing with high call volumes and many unresolved claims.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 61 additional deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 630. The state announced more than 12,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 67,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Tens of thousands of Hoosiers lost their jobs almost overnight due to social distancing measures that help prevent COVID-19. The sheer amount and speed of layoffs are putting enormous strain on the unemployment insurance system in Indiana. It's leaving some wondering how the system works – and if it’s prepared to handle this crisis. 

23-year-old Anne Anderson sat her kitchen table and worked on her an application to receive unemployment benefits for the first time. The gym where she worked in Bloomington closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus.

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The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet released a draft of a new four-year plan for federal workforce funding today. They hope the public will review the plan and submit comments.

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A bill that aims to align Indiana’s workforce policies from preschool all the way to career preparation passed through the House on Monday. It would add more members to the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet.

The bill would increase the minimum membership of the cabinet from 23 to 32 people by adding representatives from schools, colleges, state political caucuses and business organizations. It also requires the governor to appoint a representative from a technology company to the cabinet.   

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South Bend organizations in workforce and education got a boost from the Office of Career Connection and Talent and the governor’s office on Friday. They were the fifth in Indiana to earn the title of “21st Century Talent Region.”

At the announcement, Career Connections and Talent Secretary Blair Milo credited the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership with organizing programs that will create new workers and then connect them to jobs. 

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Lawmakers have proposed a measure to create a curriculum for high schoolers to explore careers in energy and utilities. The Senate Committee on Education and Career Development discussed the bill Wednesday.

At the hearing, Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) said the bill would create a talent pipeline for unfilled jobs in electricity, natural gas, water, communications and wastewater.

“I’ve become aware of a serious issue and that is a workforce shortage,” Koch says.

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A national advocacy organization says Indiana can do more to get people with disabilities into the workforce. 

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The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is holding a series of listening sessions around Indiana over the next two months. It’s seeking citizen input on how to spend federal workforce dollars over the next four years.

The listening tour is part of a requirement for states looking to get tens of millions of federal dollars under the Workforce and Innovation Opportunity Act. The act gives states funds for youth and adult unemployment programs.

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More than 200 companies across Indiana opened their doors Friday to educate students about careers in manufacturing as part of a national Manufacturing Day held annually in October. 

Companies have celebrated Manufacturing Day since 2012 as a way to address the misconceptions about manufacturing jobs being dirty or tedious. In Indiana, it’s been primarily used to attract high school students to work at local factories in the future.  

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An Indiana group that trains people who work with seniors received almost $4 million in additional funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal is to develop a health care workforce better suited for older adults. 

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LIFT Academy in Indianapolis has announced it’s registered a new apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor. It will train new aviation maintenance technicians and pay them for their time. 

The first cohort of maintenance technicians will be limited to only 6 people and takes about three years to complete. Once licensed, the apprentices will be guaranteed a job with Republic Airways.

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Two Indianapolis-based foundations teamed up to study the value of certificates and other non-degree certifications.

The central message of Monday’s state of higher education address is one Hoosiers have heard before; it focused on the need for a more skilled workforce.

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The bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors Automation Task Force met today in South Bend to discuss the effects of automation in cities around the country.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says while automation is the future, there’s a lot of questions of what changes that could bring to cities. Buttigieg says the focus of the meeting in South Bend is to brainstorm some of those questions with other mayors and industry leaders.