A week after presenting the 15 Rising Stars of the Region, we're pleased to showcase the “21 Under 21” as recognized by the Northwest Indiana Works Council.

Meet them today in the Sunday Business section. All are blazing a trail toward high-demand, high-wage careers in engineering, health care, machine technology or other fields.

These high achievers are high school seniors or recent graduates who were nominated by Career & Technical Education programs across the region.

This is a great new recognition program produced by the Center of Workforce Innovations. No doubt young readers will get ideas from the examples these “21 Under 21” already are setting.

Also in Sunday Business, read the latest installment of “NWI On the Job,” a weekly series that began in April and introduces you to workers in various jobs in the region.

Today’s installment features Griffith Police Cpl. Robert Gutierrez and K-9 Gino, and it will be housed with all of the others on a new workplace web page that will highlight jobs and hiring, education, skills training and opportunities in Northwest Indiana.

The site, at www.nwi.com/workplace, should complement the many efforts underway locally to help ensure residents are ready for work.

Components of the site begin with the “NWI On the Job” stories, photos and video. In each case you find out how the worker got the job, the range of pay, and the potential for growth in the position.

This site also includes our “Making the Grade series,” featuring weekly stories by education reporter Carmen McCollum from classrooms around the region; our daily business news coverage on hiring and skills training; and a resource directory on where to go when seeking assistance on jobs or skills training.

The other featured content on the site is an excellent workplace video series being produced under the direction of Ready NWI and the Center of Workforce Innovations.

The Times Media Co. is included in this series, which has been offered to schools to show students the variety of job opportunities available in region businesses.

About 20 of these workplace videos have been completed, said Roy Vanderford, Ready NWI manager.

“We’re trying to some extent to take the workplace into the classroom,” he said, calling the video series “the heart of what we are doing.”

Our workplace site will make the Ready NWI videos available for readers along with relevant and related content on job training and career opportunities in the region.

We welcome ideas to enhance this site moving forward, as we recognize and applaud the many efforts under way to help residents get ready for work in Northwest Indiana.

Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or bob.heisse@nwi.com.


Porter/LaPorte Editor Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.