The WorkINdiana program received a $5 million boost thanks to the 2013 biennial budget.
This is a first for the two-year-old occupational skills training initiative. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development had to rely on federal discretionary funds to administer this program which began in 2011.
WorkINdiana participants can choose from more than 30 certification programs in high wage, high demand industry sectors. More than 800 people have enrolled in the program and over 80 percent have gone on to completion. With this extra funding, approximately 1500 more students can be served.
The commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Scott B. Sanders, believes that helping people learn the skills they need to be relevant in the job market is a start to build Indiana’s economy.