Bacon: Skill up with Next Level Jobs

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, May 22, 2020

Hoosiers by the Numbers reports the COVID-19 pandemic left nearly 6,700 residents of Pike, Spencer and Warrick counties reconsidering their employment and education options. While this is a difficult time for many, there are opportunities for Hoosiers to invest in their future and receive free job training through Indiana's Next Level Jobs program.

Established in 2017 through a law I supported, Indiana's Next Level Jobs program provides grants to Hoosiers so they can receive tuition-free training for high-demand technical jobs throughout the state. Those without a two- or four-year degree who want to obtain skills needed for high-demand industries including advanced manufacturing, construction, life sciences, information technology, business services, transportation and logistics, qualify for the grants.

These Workforce Ready Grants can be used by Hoosiers who enroll in a number of qualifying training programs at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. From metalworking to dental assisting and cyber security, qualifying training programs are vast, allowing Hoosiers to learn and grow in a field they are interested in.

Although we are still dealing with the public health crisis, training courses through Ivy Tech and Vincennes University will continue and be offered virtually. Summer courses will begin soon, and those interested in the Ivy Tech program can enroll through June 8 at ivytech.edu. Register for the first round of Vincennes’ summer courses through May 26, or the second round of courses before July 2, at vinu.edu.

Employers in these key industries can also benefit from the program with Employer Training Grants providing $5,000 for each employee who is trained, hired and retained for six months.

If you are among those reconsidering their employment and education options, this is a great opportunity to invest in your future while saving money. Visit NextLevelJobs.org to get started today.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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