The newly created Indiana Works Councils will soon kick off their first regional meetings. Within the coming weeks, the Works Councils that were proposed by Governor Mike Pence and established unanimously by the 2013 General Assembly, will meet to review current career and technical education curricula and outcomes.
The councils are comprised of local business, industry, education and workforce development leaders with a goal of offering innovative solutions to better align local employer needs and high school students’ preparation for successfully entering career or post-secondary education. Pence said every student in Indiana should be prepared with the right education and training to successfully and seamlessly enter into a career or pursue post-secondary studies.
The initial works council sessions will review the purpose and vision for the works council and begin their evaluation of the regional career and technical education data for their individual regions. The councils are also legislatively charged to draft a strategic plan for the region, propose vocational and technical alternatives to meet industry needs, leverage partnerships and to share their recommendations with the Indiana Career Council.
The Region 1 Works Council held their first meeting last Friday, with Regions 2, 4, and 8 to host meetings this week, and other regions to follow.