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State to host NextLevel Jobs open house at Southlake Mall

Shoppers stroll through the lower level of Southlake Mall in 2010.

Area employers and job seekers can learn about new state grants aimed at training people for high-demand, high-wage jobs in certain industries.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is hosting a NextLevel Jobs initiative open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hobart Police Substation in the Southlake Mall at U.S. 30 and Mississippi Street in Hobart. The city and the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board helped organized the event, which is aimed at both businesses who need more skilled workers and job seekers looking to burnish their skills and credentials. 

“These high-demand, high-wage jobs will require training beyond a high school education for Hoosiers needed to fill them,” Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne said. “NextLevel Jobs helps individuals obtain the training they need to advance their career and offsets the cost of training for employers looking to train and retain new employees.”

State officials will tell business owners about the Employer Training Grant from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and then will hold presentations for the general public every hour on the hour. Job seekers can ask questions, fill out applications for grants on site, and learn about training opportunities from Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University, which will have tables with brochures and information at the event.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.