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

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, June 3, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 3, 2020) — Vigo County lawmakers 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 State Reps. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute), Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) and Alan Morrison (R-Brazil), 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, Heaton said these grants could help those who are laid off or furloughed to build on their skills and get a better paying job.

"As our economy rebounds from this crisis, we'll need workers who are prepared to fill jobs in some of our most essential industries," Heaton said. "Through Next Level Jobs, our state can better meet local workforce needs by training Hoosiers for the most in-demand careers."

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."

According to Morrison, the Ivy Tech campus in Linton offers students the opportunity to earn support and technical certificates in information technology, and the Terre Haute campus has certifications in a variety of programs. For information, visit IvyTech.edu/Linton or IvyTech.edu/TerreHaute.

"With so much of our daily lives affected by this public health situation, now is a great time for Hoosiers seeking a better job or new career to take advantage of free training," Morrison said. "Once our economy is back at full strength, those who utilized Next Level Jobs will be better prepared for some of the better available open positions."

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 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. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo 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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State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) represents House District 42,
which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay,
Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
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