Lucas: Hoosier jobseekers should consider free job training, skilling-up amid COVID-19

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, June 1, 2020 4:20 pm

STATEHOUSE (June 1, 2020) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages 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 Lucas 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, Lucas said these grants could help those who are laid off or furloughed to build on their skills and get a better paying job.

"This could be a good time to learn new skills that could be put to good use a high-demand field," Lucas said. "The job market will fully reopen again and opportunity for advancement and a higher-paying job is right around the corner."

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. 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.

The IvyTech campus in Columbus offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate in Java application development, Linux administration, machine tool technology and more. For information, visit IvyTech.edu/Columbus.

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 July 2 to register for the next round of summer courses. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all courses will be offered online.

According to Lucas, 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.

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. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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