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

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, June 1, 2020 11:12 am

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

"Hardworking Hoosiers around our state drive our economy and keep us moving forward," Saunders said. "Many may be struggling right now, but Indiana's Next Level Jobs program could help give them a new start. The program offers free training, providing opportunities to learn skills, open new career options or get ahead in a current job."

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 New Castle offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or technical certificate in structural welding, as a health care specialist and more. For information, visit IvyTech.edu/New Castle.

According to Saunders, 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. Saunders said the summer session will run through Aug. 1. Anyone interested in opportunities through Vincennes University have until July 2 to register for the second round of summer courses. 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. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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