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

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Courtney Heiden  | Thursday, June 4, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 4, 2020) – State Reps. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica) 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 through a law supported by Brown and Negele, 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.

"This program will pay off for those who take advantage of the opportunity," Brown said. "Many of the open positions in these fields require specific training, so it's great to be able to step into the job market armed with highly sought-after skills."

Hoosiers can visit 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. Negele 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.

"COVID-19 has caused exceptional hardship for so many Hoosiers, especially with employment and income," Negele said. "This program can help Hoosiers who may be considering a career change to learn the skills they need at no cost so they can get a higher-paying job."

The Ivy Tech campus in Crawfordsville has a technical certification program in business administration, and the Lafayette campus offers students certifications in a variety of careers. For information, visit and

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.

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 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.


State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) represents House District 41,
which includes portions of Boone, Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties.

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State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County, 
and portions of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties. 
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