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Workforce By The Numbers

  • 106,375 person workforce
  • 20,572 people employed in the manufacturing industry
  • 4th highest concentration of STEM professionals
  • 6% of the workforce is employed in the defense industry


Radius Indiana’s Workforce and Education Advisory Council works closely with regional business and government leaders to proactively meet the needs of employers and address the training and education needs of our region. We coordinate with local and regional programs, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and our counties’ WorkOne Offices to solve the workforce challenges of the rapidly changing economy.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Developing a premier workforce that will allow Indiana employers to flourish and entice businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana.

The WorkOne Center is the heart of the workforce development system. It’s where WorkOne staff help you find a  new or better job, choose a career, access training or get the information needed to succeed in today’s job market.

Career and Technical Education
Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Indiana is to ensure an education system of high quality and equity for the academic achievement and career preparation of all Indiana students. Students in Indiana’s secondary CTE programs will gain the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for success in postsecondary education and economically viable career opportunities.

Jobs for America’s Graduates
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing high school dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. JAG’s mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities, or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career.
JAG students receive adult mentoring while in school and one year of follow-up counseling after graduation. Indiana’s program consistently graduates approximately 90 percent of participants and many students choose to continue their education after high school. The JAG program is funded through grants provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. CAREER AND GRADUATION COACHES 
The graduation and career-coaching program through Southwest Central Indiana’s Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. is aimed at improving graduation rates and preparing students for pathways into technical certifications, associate degrees, and other postsecondary degree programs. Coaches will work with students to create individualized high school completion plans, develop opportunities for students to experience and participate in work-based learning initiatives, and develop postsecondary plans. They will also help ensure students attend school, arrive on time, fulfill academic requirements and graduate with a high school diploma.

Hire Technology
In 2012, after more than a year of development with Indiana manufacturing and logistics companies large and small, Ivy Tech Community College, APICS, and the Indiana Department of Education, Conexus Indiana launched Hire Technology. Born of a need for a workforce well versed in advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) concepts and processes, Hire Technology has become the standard high-school AML curriculum in Indiana.

Hire Technology is offered at high schools and career centers across the state and is designed to prepare students to enter the work force at a middle-skill level right after high school, or give them a jump start on their post-secondary AML studies. Regardless, the results are the same: an emerging workforce that understands the concepts of safety, quality, process improvement, basic lean theory, and the technology prevalent in today’s AML facilities.

Conexus Interns
Through grant funding provided by the State of Indiana and the Lilly Endowment, Conexus launched Conexus Interns, a high-school internship program for 111 promising advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) students across 21 Central Indiana Hoosier counties. The program will be available statewide in 2016. Conexus Interns serves as a bridge, helping students transition from the world of high school to the world of work, and provides the final push in turning students into employees.

Internships take place in June and July and generally last 6 weeks. Interns are immersed in a manufacturing or logistics environment where they serve as employees of a local AML company. Students learn the ins and outs of AML operations including manufacturing processes, quality tools, inventory management, and much more. In addition, each cohort of interns attends two Conexus Interns Summits to make connections, take part in leadership and problem-solving activities, and prepare for opportunities after high school.

Youth First, Inc.
Youth First exists to transform and strengthen the lives of young people and their families. We are the only organization that provides Masters level social workers in area schools and prevention programs for families and youths. On-site, free of charge behavioral health services and programs prevent substance abuse, improve family relationships and develop life skills.

Proof of our results can be witnessed through independent evaluations with measurable outcomes and by testimonials from those who have been touched by our programs. Those who engage with us will benefit by being part of a better, stronger, healthier community in which to live, work and raise a family.

College Success Coalition
Learn More Indiana’s College Success Coalition is a network of state and local organizations working to increase college access and success across the state of Indiana. Coalitions include county-level networks composed of local organizations that work together to plan and implement efforts supporting students of all ages in completing education and training beyond high school.

Member organizations include local businesses, government, colleges, schools, community groups, youth-serving organizations, service clubs, community foundations, faith-based organizations and more. All organizations implement small or large college and career planning activities designed to help students take the necessary steps to get into and succeed in college.

Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities
CEO Luncheon “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” is a program that develops high school students drive to return to their hometowns and start businesses after finishing their education. As part of the program students are partnered with local businesses as “investors” who offer their advice, skills and expertise.

The CEO program is much more than a textbook course. Rather, students are immersed in real life learning experiences with the opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes.

Career Advancement Partnership
The Vincennes University Jasper Campus and local manufacturing companies are pleased to announce a new major workforce development initiative – the Career Advancement Partnership (CAP). The partnership enhances an associate degree program in technical maintenance in which students will be employed part-time and enrolled at VUJC full-time. Graduates of this program are in high demand locally and across Indiana. The Career Advancement Partnership (CAP) program includes a two-year degree in General Technology that combines cutting-edge curriculum, paid work experience, along with learning technical skills which are highly sought by leading manufacturing partners.

Advanced Manufacturing Program
The Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP) is a partnership of south central Indiana employers, community organizations, educators, and local government to provide training that will elevate the skills of the region’s workforce. AMP participants will become Certified Production Technicians (CPTs) with certification in Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; Maintenance Awareness. Soft-skills training, interview techniques, resume building, and exposure to local manufacturers are also part of the program.

Indiana INTERN-net
Indiana INTERNnet is a free internship-matching program linking employers, students, high schools, colleges and universities. It is a dynamic, searchable database, matching and reporting system coupled with personal assistance—including a toll-free hotline to answer questions and provide internship guidance and resource materials. The goal is to help create or expand high-quality experiential opportunities within Indiana.

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