Greene County legislators: Hoosier jobseekers should consider free job training, skilling-up amid COVID-19

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, May 22, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2020) – State Reps. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) and Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) encourage Hoosiers whose jobs were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of tuition-free training grants offered through Indiana's Next Level Jobs program.

Established in 2017 by a law Ellington and Borders supported, the program provides Workforce Ready Grants to help Indiana residents who have a high school diploma or equivalent but less than a college degree receive training in high-demand job fields. With more than 500,000 Hoosiers filing for unemployment since March, Ellington said these grants could help those who are laid off or furloughed to build on their skills and get a better paying job.

"The shocks to our economy have cost many Hoosiers their jobs while straining their finances," Ellington said. "This program is a beneficial way to learn in-demand trades without going into debt."

Hoosiers can visit NextLevelJobs.org to apply for training grants, which cover the cost of tuition and fees for working adults to earn a high-value certificate at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Borders said jobseekers can connect to local training and resources to find jobs in high-demand industries, including advanced manufacturing, building and construction, health and life sciences, IT and business services, and transportation and logistics.

"With the COVID-19 outbreak sidelining many from work, now is an opportune time to add skills to your toolbox," Borders said. "The Next Level Jobs program is a tremendous incentive to get certified in high-demand careers at no cost."

The Ivy Tech campuses in Linton, Terre Haute and Bloomington offer students the opportunity to earn certificates in numerous careers. For information, visit IvyTech.edu and search each campus for available certifications.

Businesses in high-demand industries can apply for Employer Training Grants, which provide $5,000 for each employee who is trained, hired and retained for six months.

Students interested in attending Ivy Tech have until June 8 to enroll in summer courses. The summer session will run through Aug. 1. Anyone interested in opportunities through Vincennes University have until May 26 to register for the first round of summer courses and the second round of enrollment is open until July 2. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all courses will be offered online.

Hoosiers can learn more about eligibility requirements and apply for a Workforce Ready Grant or Employer Training Grant at NextLevelJobs.org. Anyone who needs help with the application process can call 317-715-9007 to speak one-on-one with a financial aid expert for free through INvestEd.

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State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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