Lyness Urges Hoosiers to Connect to Free Training, Careers in Fast-Growing Fields

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 8:30 AM

By Office of Randy Lyness, news release

Over 50,000 Hoosiers taking advantage of Next Level Jobs certificate program

STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) urges Hoosiers to join the thousands who are already taking advantage of Indiana's Next Level Jobs certificate program to skill up at no cost and obtain a higher-paying job.
With many high-wage positions requiring specially trained workers, Lyness said Hoosiers can skill up for free with a Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant, which covers tuition costs for those earning a high-value certificate from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Since launching in 2017, more than 50,000 Hoosiers have enrolled to complete a high-demand certificate program through Indiana’s Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant.

"This program is one of Indiana's best tools to strengthen our workforce and provide opportunities for Hoosiers looking for jobs or considering new careers," Lyness said. "Free training can help job seekers gain skills that set them apart from others looking at the same positions."
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, those who earn a Workforce Ready Grant certificate see an annual median wage increase of $6,800.
Lyness said the program is designed so that participants can continue to work while earning a certificate in 1 of 5 in-demand job fields, including health and life sciences, IT and business services, building and construction, transportation and logistics, and advanced manufacturing. To learn more about Workforce Ready Grants, visit NextLevelJobs.org.
Lyness said to connect to a career in a fast-growing field today, Hoosiers can also visit IndianaCareerReady.com/INDemandJobs. This website helps job seekers easily explore industries experiencing significant growth, both in the number of hires and in rising wages. High-demand jobs in Indiana include nurses, accountants, computer systems analysts, construction managers, electricians, plumbers and software developers. The web portal offers a sortable list displaying the educational requirements, average salary, job postings and training opportunities for each occupation.

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