Ziemke: 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. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) 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 Ziemke 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, Ziemke said these grants could help those who are laid off or furloughed to build on their skills and get a better paying job.

"As more Hoosiers return to work, some might have decided they want to be in a different field," Ziemke said. "Indiana has attracted thousands of high-paying jobs in high-demand industries. Now we need workers to fill those positions, and Next Level Jobs is a good way to gain the necessary skills for these 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. 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 Ivy Tech campus in Connersville offers students the opportunity to earn certificates in numerous careers. For information, visit IvyTech.edu/Connersville.

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 Ziemke, 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. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes 
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
Click here for a high-resolution photo of Ziemke.