Freedom Academy announces 2022 slate of certification programs

WABASH COUNTY, IN – Grow Wabash County is thrilled to be continuing its partnership with Freedom Academy to connect Wabash County residents with certification and training programs in high-demand skills areas.

The schedule of upcoming training programs from Freedom Academy in 2022 include:

  • Welding
    • Jan. 10, 2022 – Feb. 24, 2022
      • 4-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
    • Feb. 22, 2022 – May 18, 2022
      • 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
    • Sept. 20, 2022 – Dec. 13, 2022
      • 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • CNC Machining
    • June 7, 2022 – Aug. 24, 2022
      • 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

All of these certification programs will take place at Heartland Career Center, 79 S 200 W in Wabash.

The ongoing success of these training programs have been thanks in part to Grow Wabash County’s partnership with Freedom Academy as well as with the Community Foundation of Wabash County and the Wabash County United Fund, both of which have awarded grants to Grow Wabash County to use for scholarships for unemployed and underemployed Wabash County residents.

Grow Wabash County’s partnership with Heartland Career Center to provide the training space has also been a big help to these successes.

The impact that these scholarships and certification programs have had on Wabash County residents is evident. Many scholarship recipients shared that their participation in these trainings allowed many to sit for and pass their certification exams as well as obtain pay raises and promotions for their current employers or job opportunities at new companies or in a new industry altogether.

Financial support through state grants and local scholarships are available for qualifying participants, while funds last. Individuals pursuing the CCMA or CNC may qualify for the state’s Workforce Ready Grant program if they are over 18 years old, are an Indiana resident, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and do not have a degree past high school.

Participants interested in welding, or that do not qualify for state grant funding, may qualify for a local scholarship thanks to the Community Foundation of Wabash County’s generous workforce grant awarded to Grow Wabash County. Those interested in applying for local scholarship funding can do so at

Registration and questions about course details and eligible funding may be directed to Jolene Frey at Freedom Academy, by emailing or by calling (260) 347-0887.

Additional information about these programs and updates on future training opportunities can be found on the Grow Wabash County website at