The Indiana Department of Workforce Development awarded the West Central Indiana Region 4 Workforce Development Board a $200,000 performance grant to help address critical workforce issues in the region.
It plans to use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant to enroll more people in its customized training program to secure positions in the advanced manufacturing industry while also engaging employers in developing a sustainable workforce model to increase employee retention.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity this grant will provide for 100 job candidates to participate in vestibule training leading to the acquisition of new skills and secure positions in the advanced manufacturing industry,” said Alicia Hanawalt, chairwoman of the Region 4 workforce development board.
The board oversees workforce initiatives in Benton, Cass, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White counties.
“This grant will enable us to enhance and expand our ‘vestibule’ training work-based learning model for adults and out-of-school youth in partnership with local advanced manufacturing employers,” said Roger Feldhaus, executive director of the Region 4 board. “The grant will also enable us to explore the feasibility of a sustainable workforce model with our employer partners that will enhance new employee engagement and ‘stay-ability.’”
DWD provided grant opportunities to all 12 Workforce Development Boards throughout the state. Each proposal had to focus on improving the workforce operations of that region in alignment with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s and the DWD’s objectives.
“We wanted to invest this money in local communities to address each of their unique challenges,” DWD Commissioner Fred Payne said. “It’s an important tool in helping more Hoosiers enter the workforce.”
In total, $1.5 million in grant money was distributed across the state by DWD to the region’s workforce development boards through this grant opportunity.