Northwest Indiana Innovation Network Among 11 Groups to Receive Skill UP Grant Funding from DWD
The LaPorte County Innovation Network is of the 11 Innovation Networks that will be formed thanks to a grant from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! program. The Skill UP program, in its third year, provides funding to form and operate a collaborative group of educational, business and workforce stakeholders charged with developing the talent supply chain in local communities. The LaPorte County Innovation Network will receive $677,000. The group’s goal will be to train adults to meet immediate skill needs, develop strengthened relationships between manufacturing employers and local students for strengthening the talent pipeline. A total of $9.546 million will be given out to the 11 Skill UP grant recipients statewide. Innovation networks create a talent pipeline that is matched to the requirements of employers’ current and future workforce needs. The grants, which cover two years, require a private match by the recipients, and financially support the partnerships to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification. More information about Skill UP Indiana! can be found at http://www.in.gov/dwd/skillup.htm.
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