Grant to help board with regional workforce issues

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EVANSVILLE — The Indiana Department of Workforce Development awarded the Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board Inc. a $150,000 performance grant to help address critical workforce issues in the region.

The Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board oversees workforce development initiatives and the WorkOne Southwest offices in Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

It plans to use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant to host the Southwest Indiana State of the Child and Future of Our Community Youth Conference, adopt a fee-for-service model for youth-serving organizations,and to host two work-based learning events.

“These funds will help the Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board Inc. meet the needs of the employers in Region 11 by enabling more youth gain high-wage, in-demand skills through attainment of their High School Equivalency, industry-recognized certifications and ultimately job placement,” said Jim Heck, executive director of the board.

The DWD provided grant opportunities to all 12 workforce development boards throughout the state. Each proposal had to focus on improving the workforce operations of that region in alignment with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s and the DWD’s objectives. In total, $1.5 million in grant money was distributed across the state.

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