INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Center aims to align education, training

2013-08-23T13:24:00Z 2013-08-23T19:18:15Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Center aims to align education, trainingGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 1:24 pm  • 

Center Aims to Align Education, Training

The state has launched a new agency to help improve education and work force development. Governor Mike Pence has signed an executive order to establish the Center for Education and Career Innovation. Pence says the ultimate goal is for Indiana to have "the best educated and best skilled work force" in the country. The center will partner with multiple government agencies including the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Career Council.

 

Indiana Cities Among 'Best Small Places' For Business

Three Indiana communities are ranked in the top 25 in Forbes' list of the Best Small Places For Business and Careers. The publication says it considers factors including income level, economic growth and educational attainment.

 

Falls of Ohio Project Lands Contribution

A campaign aimed at raising funds to improve a southeast Indiana landmark has received a boost. The Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Town of Clarksville have donated $300,000 toward the Falls of the Ohio Foundation Crossroads Campaign.

 

Soccer Event Boosts Fort Wayne

A major annual soccer event is underway in Fort Wayne. The three-day Shindigz National Soccer Festival at IPFW involves top national college teams and dozens of high school squads. Officials believe last year's event had a $200,000 impact on the area economy. Our partners at WPTA 21Alive highlighted the event earlier this week.

 

Historic Anderson Building Auctioned Off

A vacated 1890s-era building in downtown Anderson has been sold at auction. The building recently housed a Frisch's restaurant and sold for more than $7,000.

 

Tourism Bureau Names Executive Director

The Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau has hired Jim Epperson as executive director. He has led the Harrison County Convention and Tourism Bureau since 2002.

 

Butler Highlights Freshman Class

Butler University says its incoming freshman class includes the highest percentage of out-of-state students in the school's history. Students from 32 states and 22 countries are part of the Class of 2017, which begins classes next week.

 

Chamber to Host Wellness Summit

A two-day event focusing on wellness initiatives for Hoosier businesses begins next month in Indianapolis. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Employee Health and Wellness Summit will feature discussion on improvement programs and certifications.

 

Welder Announces Expansion

Fort Wayne-based Microtech Welding Corp. is planning to invest $540,000 into growing its Allen County operation. The company currently employs 19 people and has an additional facility in Warsaw.

 

IU Taps Alum to Lead Chinese Program

Indiana University has hired Yea-Fen Chen to lead its Chinese Flagship program. Chen, who earned a doctorate and master's degree at IU, is the executive director of the U.S. Chinese Language Teachers Association.

 

Genealogy Organization Set For New Home

The Genealogical Society of Marion County is poised to debut a new library at its headquarters. A grand opening event is set for next month in Indianapolis.

 

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