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Lumina, Ready NWI to partner on workforce education

Roughly one out of every five Northwest Indiana residents has a bachelor's degree, and the region lags both the state and the nation.

June 10, 2014 12:00 pm
RICH JAMES: Pence's agency shifts sound shifty

RICH JAMES: Pence's agency shifts sound shifty

It has been three weeks since the story that Gov. Mike Pence was aligning agencies in a way that could lead to requiring out-of-work Hoosiers volunteer as a condition of receiving unemployment benefits.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am
Coats hears local business leaders' concerns

Coats hears local business leaders' concerns

PORTAGE │ U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., left Portage on Wednesday with “three pages of notes” after having a roundtable discussion where he heard Northwest Indiana Forum members’ concerns on heath care, job creation, taxes and workforce development. 

March 19, 2014 12:58 pm

House Republicans kill attempt to defund new Pence agency

INDIANAPOLIS | House Republicans stood up for a controversial new state agency last week, voting down a proposal by House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, to defund Gov. Mike Pence's Center for Education and Career Innovation.

February 02, 2014 8:15 pm
Mrvan endorses Obama's efforts for higher minimum wage

Mrvan endorses Obama's efforts for higher minimum wage

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, is enthusiastically backing President Barack Obama's call for a higher minimum wage.

January 29, 2014 7:15 pm
Pence education agenda promotes charter schools, job training

Pence education agenda promotes charter schools, job training

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's schools would minimize constitutionally mandated focus on general "knowledge and learning," and become worker training centers from the earliest grades under an agenda announced Tuesday by Gov. Mike Pence.

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress should help create stronger economy

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress should help create stronger economy

My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree — Democrats and Republicans — the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were a significant setback to this seemingly simple goal.

October 29, 2013 12:00 am

Center for Workforce Innovations seeks career advisors

Volunteers are needed to serve as career advisers at Calumet, Highland, East Chicago and Westville high schools.

October 09, 2013 3:00 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: A wave of opportunity for greatness

GUEST COMMENTARY: A wave of opportunity for greatness

Today, Govs. Mike Pence, Pat Quinn and Scott Walker have the opportunity to create history by rallying and encouraging community, business, government and academic leaders from 21 counties in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin around one unifying mission – to work together on common regional goals.

September 27, 2013 12:00 am

Northwest Indiana Workforce Board members announced

The Northwest Indiana Workforce Board has announced its 2013-14 slate of members.

August 20, 2013 6:00 am
Workforce development called state's top priority

Workforce development called state's top priority

MERRILLVILLE | Northwest Indiana's economy has grown to $34 billion today from $29 billion in 2009, but the rising tide is not lifting the boats of workers without enough skills or education.

August 07, 2013 3:30 pm Photos

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Community fair will highlight job training

About a dozen East Chicago residents are starting new careers as nursing assistants or semi-truck drivers, as a result of the Holistic Community Coalition's workforce development program.

July 09, 2013 4:15 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Cook County's economic development challenges, opportunities

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Cook County's economic development challenges, opportunities

Last month, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and her Council of Economic Advisers released the “Partnering for Prosperity” report, which lays out a clear economic growth action agenda for Cook County.

May 26, 2013 12:00 am

Industry, educators begin discussions on future workforce needs

PORTAGE | Representatives of educational facilities, industry and workforce development sat down together Thursday morning to discuss how the three could work together to provide the necessary skills for the jobs of the present and the future.

March 15, 2013 12:00 am

Center of Workforce Innovations seeking donors for adult ed programs

Tax credits are available for people interested in making contributions to the Center of Workforce Innovations to help defray the costs of providing local adult education services.

December 11, 2012 10:00 am

Region WorkOne sites closing

Four WorkOne express service centers will close in the next few months as the regional operator of the state's workforce development system braces itself for program funding reductions.

May 22, 2012 6:00 pm
Indiana's jobless rate remains at 9 percent

Indiana's jobless rate remains at 9 percent

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's unemployment rate remained steady at 9 percent in November, lagging behind the U.S. rate of 8.6 percent.

December 20, 2011 3:30 pm

WorkOne to assist veterans with green training

Northwest Indiana workforce advocates are encouraging veterans to work with the local workforce development system to engage in free training to help land a green job.

October 06, 2011 12:00 pm
Guilty plea in Portage office shooting

Guilty plea in Portage office shooting

VALPARAISO | Edgar Tillery pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to opening fire with a shotgun March 5 outside the Indiana Department of Workforce Development office in Portage.

December 21, 2010 12:00 am
Calls continue to restore unemployment extensions

Calls continue to restore unemployment extensions

Two years ago, Lansing resident Barbara McKinney lost her job working as a receptionist for the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Ever since, McKinney's attempts to find a job have been met with resistance as she and her husband have been hit with health problems and hospitalizations.

December 16, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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