Training today's workforce for the needs of tomorrow

Specialized Skills Training

Grow Wabash County and its many community and business partnerships are in the process of organizing and launching high-quality skills training programs to fill the most sought-after needs in Wabash and its surrounding counties. 

Here are some of the exciting opportunities set to begin in the coming months to help YOU equip your workforce with the skills you want and need to be successful!

All of our in-person Spring/Summer courses have been filled and are underway. Check back for announcement regarding the upcoming slate courses expected to begin Fall 2021!

 

FREE Ivy Tech Cybersecurity Courses starting Sept. 11th

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is offering a FREE, non-credit  course this fall addressing the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

The course will empower everyone to protect their personal digital presence and also to understand the needs of corporations operating in today’s digital environment.

The course will meet on three concurrent Saturdays beginning September 11, 2021

Students interested in the free course can register at link.ivytech.edu/FWcyber, or contact Lucy La Hurreau, assistant department chair in the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, at llahurreau@ivytech.edu.

 

Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training - On Demand

Ivy Tech Community College is offering CDL certification training on an on-demand basis. The course will begin online starting spring 2021 with virtual classroom instruction followed by in-person driving instruction. 

Instruction available on-demand via virtual classroom. Once complete open road driving time will be determined with the instructor. 

Tuition for this CDL course is FREE for qualified Wabash County residents through Grow Wabash County scholarships, made possible by grant funding from the Community Foundation of Wabash County and the Wabash County United Fund. Scholarship funding amounts vary by interest and applicant. For non-Wabash County residents, tuition is $4,950 and includes all course and material fees and fees to take the CDL A licensure test twice.

Scholarship Available for Wabash County Residents

Apply Here: www.growwabashcounty.com/trainingscholarship 

Contact Jennifer Tippmann, onboarding specialist, with CTS Driving Academy, via email at jtippmann@drivingdynamics.com or phone at (260) 433.4132. Jennifer can guide applicants through the registration process as well as examine various funding options they may qualify for. 

 

Next Level Jobs program

Next Level Jobs is part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Indiana agenda to continue the positive momentum of our state. Under his leadership with support from the 2017 General Assembly, Indiana is taking the state’s workforce to the next level with a focus on the high-priority industries and high-demand jobs driving Indiana’s 21st Century economy forward.

Two million Hoosiers need additional training to compete in the 21st Century workforce, and there will be over 1 million job openings in Indiana due to retirements and the creation of new jobs by 2025. Whether you’re a Hoosier looking for a better-paying job or an employer looking for a better-skilled workforce, Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative can help.

NEW - Employer Training Reimbursement Grants - ALL FUNDS DISPENSED

Stay tuned for future grant opportunities through Next Level Jobs!

Download the Next Level Jobs FAQ Sheet

 

Training Grant for Employers and Individuals

Workforce Ready grants from the Next Level Jobs programs are available to cover costs for Indiana residents over 18 years old, whom have a high school diploma/GED/HSE, and does not have a degree past high school. Participants that meet that criteria should fill out the Workforce Ready Application and submit completed form to Kassandra Flanagan, Program Manager at Ivy Tech Corp College, (260) 480-4214 at kflanagan9@ivytech.edu.

Download Workforce Ready Scholarship application.

Scholarship Funding Available

Tuition is FREE for qualified students through two funding options: 

Workforce Ready Grants are available to cover costs for Indiana residents over 18 years old, whom have a high school diploma/GED/HSE, and does not have a degree past high school. Participants that meet that criteria should fill out the Workforce Ready Application and submit completed form to Kassandra Flanagan, Program Manager at Ivy Tech Corp College, (260) 480-4214 at kflanagan9@ivytech.eduDownload the Workforce Ready Grant application.  

Wabash County Residents Scholarships are available through Grow Wabash County scholarships, made possible by grant funding from the Community Foundation of Wabash County and the Wabash County United Fund.   Apply Here: www.growwabashcounty.com/trainingscholarship 

Workforce Ready Grants
The State of Indiana will provide grant funding to cover up to 100% of tuition for CNC Machining and MSSC-CPT Industrial Maintenance for Indiana residents over 18 years old, whom have a high school diploma/GED/HSE, and does not have an associates or bachelor’s degree.
 
Participants that meet that criteria should fill out the Workforce Ready Application and submit completed form to Kassandra Flanagan, Program Manager at Ivy Tech Corp College, (260) 480-4214 at kflanagan9@ivytech.edu.
 
Wabash County Resident Scholarships

These scholarships are available through Grow Wabash County, made possible by grant funding from the Community Foundation of Wabash County and the Wabash County United Fund. Scholarship funding amounts vary by interest and applicant.

Find out if you qualify for funding here: growwabashcounty.com/trainingscholarship
 
                                   

 

 

Great Educational Opportunities Nearby

The success of our education system in Wabash County is a good indicator of the kind of workers you will find here. Our high schools are filled with high-achieving students – with graduation rates of 93-97%. Wabash County has become a national model for encouraging college savings through the Wabash County Promise, and well more than half of our students go on to college after graduation. They have a lot of options to choose from and many that also provide great opportunities nearby for adult learners to gain new skills or improve their current ones. They include:

In Wabash County, we are preparing a workforce capable of meeting the unique needs of your businesses today and well into the future. The best and the brightest are already here, and we can help you find them. Contact us today!

 

Road to 1 Million Initiative

In Northeast Indiana, “good” is not good enough. We share a vision of bucking Midwest trends and breaking new ground. We forge new opportunities to create meaningful change for our residents, and your business. We have a vision of becoming a region of 1 million people by developing the quality of life needed to attract top talent and expand our business landscape. We call this vision The Road to One Million.

The Road to One Million was formed to apply for the state’s Regional Cities Initiative grant, which seeks to make Indiana a magnet for talent attraction by funding transformative quality of place projects. Northeast Indiana won $42 million through this state initiative and is supported by the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA), charged with implementing those funds to best reach the goals of increasing economic growth, increasing population growth, and enhancing the region’s national brand identity. The full impact of Indiana’s Regional Cities initiative will not be realized for years to come. Clearly a shot in the arm for quality of place assets in Fort Wayne and other regional communities, Northeast Indiana has committed to our own Road to One Million plan for retaining and attracting skilled talent and increasing our population growth rate. ' Northeast Indiana fully satisfied the state’s $42 million match requirements and committed over $255 million in just one year to fund projects in 10 of 11 counties. Northeast Indiana is led by ambitious people marked by ingenuity and positivity—now that’s a community worth investing in.