workforce development

James Vavrek / WFIU/WTIU News

 

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development estimates there will be more than one million jobs to fill in the state by 2024 – and most of them won’t require a college degree.

Instead, many employers will be looking for highly-skilled workers with specialized certificates to fill positions in everything from manufacturing to healthcare.

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers speaks at an annual event in the statehouse. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
Jeanie Lindsay

 

The public’s confidence in higher education needs to improve. That was the message from Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers during this year’s annual address.

Lubbers says despite more students finishing degrees on time, some groups – including people in rural communities – still question its value. She pushed back on that idea.

High School Focus In Workforce Development Efforts

Apr 5, 2018
2018 workforce development legislation focused in part on improving career counseling in high school. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

State leaders are focused on ensuring Indiana has a workforce capable of meeting the state’s job needs for the next few decades. And that conversation increasingly turns to the state’s public schools, tying high school education to workforce development.

When asked whether it’s too much to ask a 14-year-old to decide what they want to do with the rest of their life, Gov. Eric Holcomb is direct.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signs workforce bills with Indiana lawmakers and other state lawmakers and business leaders. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed both workforce development bills passed during the 2018 session into law Wednesday.

"It’s addressing the needs of yes the employers, but of our citizens," says Holcomb. "That’s the why we are doing this. We are addressing the needs of the people of the State of Indiana.”

(Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Though workforce development was perhaps the highest-priority issue for Gov. Eric Holcomb in this year’s legislative session, some are not sold on the two key pieces of legislation passed by Wednesday night’s deadline.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

State leaders have joined a network in hopes of solving a projected employment gap.

The Markle Foundation’s Skillful State Network links Indiana with 19 other states. The network shares best practices among participating states to write a playbook for how to successfully fill 21st Century jobs.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says the Hoosier State needs to recruit high quality talent to fill an anticipated 1 million open jobs by 2025.

Samantha Horton / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb has been on a workforce development tour of Indiana. He stopped in Anderson at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute Monday.

During his visit, Holcomb placed the back bumper onto the model car in the automotive manufacturing simulator.

He says he hopes to take success stories from different regions to train more people to take the estimated 96,000 available jobs in Indiana.

House and Senate lawmakers waited until the final day of the session’s halfway point to advance their top priority for 2018: workforce development measures.

Senate Approves Workforce Development Legislation

Feb 6, 2018

Tuesday was the last day for lawmakers in the Senate to pass bills through the chamber, and their agenda included legislation to amp up workforce development in schools.

Highlights of the workforce development bill include the creation of a new role, the Secretary of Workforce Training, appointed by the governor. The secretary would also head a new State Board for Technical Education, which will work in addition to the State Department of Education, and existing Board of Education.

Gov. Eric Holcomb sought in his State of the State to reassure Hoosiers his administration will do “whatever it takes” to fix problems at the Department of Child Services.

But Democratic legislative leaders say Holcomb’s address lacked boldness and leadership, particularly when it comes to the ongoing DCS crisis.

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