Focus on Manufacturing
If you think your child might have an interest in a manufacturing career, encourage them to visit this website.
Northeast Indiana Works collaborates in a number of regional initiatives designed to prepare young people for tomorrow’s workforce and oversees two youth-focused development programs.
YOUR FUTURE: MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Your Future: Make It Your Own is a highly interactive website designed to help students explore what they are good at, decide what they like to do, and learn how they can get paid for it, right here in northeast Indiana. Parents can use the site’s curated resources to start conversations with their children about traditional and new career paths. Educators can use the website’s tools in the classroom to inform and educate students about career opportunities. Rich with articles, videos, and podcasts, the site offers resources for all types of learners.
Manufacturing.BeginsWith.Me is a campaign to raise awareness about careers in the fast-growing advanced manufacturing sector. Targeted to middle-school students, the campaign features high-energy social media content and an opportunity-rich website. Manufacturing empowers students to turn their interests, passions, and innate giftedness into a meaningful career. With one in four jobs in our region in the manufacturing sector, there are countless opportunities to make what you love. We challenge students to become part of the resurgence of American manufacturing and remind them that “Made in America” begins with you.
JOBS FOR AMERICA’S GRADUATES
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing young people most at-risk from becoming dropouts. JAG students receive mentoring while in high school and one year of follow-up guidance after graduation.
In northeast Indiana, JAG is funded and overseen by Northeast Indiana Works. Brightpoint provides the JAG services at 14 high schools in Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, Noble and Wabash counties.
Focus Forward is an out-of-school youth program overseen by Northeast Indiana Works and administered by Brightpoint. It helps young people 16 to 24 with earning their High School Equivalency (HSE); gaining industry-specific certifications; learning employability skills; accessing work experience opportunities, and improving their economic self-sufficiency. Each participant gets an individualized employment plan. Programming is provided in the 11 counties served by Northeast Indiana Works.