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Workforce Cabinet Honors Regional CTE Entities

The Adams Wells Manufacturing Alliance, the Area 18 CTE Cooperative and Northeast Indiana Works received a 2021 Partnership Award of Excellence from the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. The honor focuses on Career and Technical Education (CTE) initiatives. The award given the northeast Indiana entities and presented May 12 during ceremonies in Indianapolis was one of four statewide recognizing secondary school partnerships. Northeast Indiana Works has long been involved with the manufacturing...

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Worker Shortage Looms As Companies Forge Ahead

The unemployment rate in northeast Indiana has been running below 5%, the labor force grew for the first time in 10 months in March, and employers throughout the region are hiring. By a number of metrics, the region's workforce landscape seems to be healthy and the economy rebounding from a virus-fueled slowdown. But there is one glaring exception. Throughout virtually every industry in northeast Indiana, employers are asking the same question: Where are the workers? There is an air of...

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CTE Awareness Month Ceremonies Planned

Providers of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs will observe northeast Indiana’s CTE Awareness Month in May with signing ceremonies. Northeast Indiana Works and its partners designated the month in 2019 and inaugural signing activities were conducted throughout the region. The pandemic prevented such events from being held in 2020. CTE programs teach specific career skills to high school students that prepare them for work after graduation or serve as a bridge to post-secondary...

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Northeast Indiana Works Adds Page for RESEA Participants

Northeast Indiana Works has launched an informational website page for the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program. The development of the page was done in conjunction with input from Catherine Lawell, director of re-employment pathways at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), and Shelley McClintock, program director of DWD’s re-employment services and Older Workers Programs. Under the RESEA program, people who have filed for unemployment benefits for...

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WorkOne Success Stories: Opening Doors to Hope

In late October, Brenda Barton took an Amtrak from Colorado to northeast Indiana, where she had relatives and where she wanted to get a new start after spending 12 years in prison for a felony sex-related conviction. She had made the most of her life in prison, availing herself of numerous mental health and drug rehabilitation programs, and getting her GED, short-term certifications, and a scattering of college credits. She also began healing from a lifetime of being sexually abused, beginning...

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Beck Named Regional Chief Elected Official for Board

Allen County Commissioner Rich Beck has been named regional chief elected official for the Northeast Indiana Works board. Beck replaces former Adams County Commissioner Doug Bauman. The regional chief elected official position for workforce development boards is required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The person holding the position has a variety of responsibilities, including serving as a point of contact for other regional elected officials, the governor, the Indiana...

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IN OTHER NEWS

National Ranking: Fort Wayne No. 2 Most Affordable

U.S. News and World Report in a new study ranks Fort Wayne the second most affordable city among 150 of the nation's most populous metropolitan areas. Fort Wayne was ranked 73rd as the best place to live and 34th as the best place to retire.

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Indiana Gets $2.5-Million Workforce Data Grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded five grants totaling nearly $12 million to improve the delivery of training and employment services and measure their effectiveness. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will receive more...

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