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Center of Workforce Innovations receives funding

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The Center of Workforce Innovations was selected to participate in a statewide youth apprenticeship initiative.

The Valparaiso-based organization will receive $25,000 from Ascend Indiana to design and launch the program.

The initiative aims to expand work-based learning programs. Four other organizations in Indiana were also chosen. Combined, they will help students in urban and rural areas across Indiana obtain workforce skills.

“Inclusion in this program will assist CWI to bridge a deeper connection between education, employers and high demand, good careers by scaling work-based learning opportunities across Northwest Indiana,” said Kathy Neary, strategic innovation officer, Center of Workforce Innovations, in a press release.

The funding is part of the $2.45 million in grants Ascend Indiana recently received from the Walton Family Foundation and the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship.

Ascend Indiana is the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corp. Partnership. Ascend Indiana helps organizations start youth apprenticeship programs by sharing resources and providing access to state and national partners. 

“The generous support from the Walton Family Foundation will pave the way for exponential impact, establishing modern youth apprenticeship as a sought-after talent strategy for employers and a successful education and career pathway for students in Indiana,” said Jason Kloth, president and CEO, Ascend Indiana, in a press release. “Youth apprenticeship programs in Indiana are expected to enroll at least 450 new apprentices by fall of 2025.”

The Center of Workforce Innovations works to empower a regional workforce. They help connect job seekers with opportunities that lead to direct employment pathways and post-secondary education. Founded in 2000, the center serves Jasper, Lake, La Porte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke counties.


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