Rep. Baird: Hoosier jobseekers should consider free job training, skilling-up amid COVID-19

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, May 21, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 21, 2020) — State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) 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, 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, Baird said these grants could help those who are laid off or furloughed to build on their skills and get a better paying job.

"This pandemic has caused so many disruptions in Hoosiers' employment and livelihoods," Baird said. "If there's a silver lining, this crisis presents an opportunity for many to take advantage of free training to add to their skill sets and find a better-paying job as the economy bounces back."

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. Job seekers 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 Ivy Tech campus in Greencastle offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or technical certificate in business administration, practical nursing, supply chain management and more. For information, visit IvyTech.edu/Greencastle.

According to Baird, 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. Baird said 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. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes
all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
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