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IN governor launches ‘Next Level Jobs’ initiative

August 24, 2017

Indiana Gov. Gary Holcomb announced two new workforce development grants program as part of the state’s Next Level Jobs initiative. Through this new initiative, the state will commit more than $20 million over the next two years to help state residents find careers in high-demand, high-wage jobs as quickly as possible.

The Workforce Ready Grant program will support tuition costs for adults to earn career certificates in high-growth sectors including: advanced manufacturing; construction; health; life sciences; logistics; and, information technology. The grants will be made to adult learners for industry-focused certificate programs at Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University campuses throughout the state.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development's (DWD) Employer Training Grant program will help employers offset the costs of training new employees in the aforementioned high-growth industries. Grants of up to $2,500 per new employee will be made to qualifying companies to train and retain new hires. DWD will launch a pilot of the grant program in 2018 and 2019, paid for with $10 million in Career and Technical Education Innovation and Advancement Funds.