July 13, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a job crisis in
the United States with workers being confronted by unemployment,
layoffs, fewer hours, and furloughs. With the help of Vincennes
University, the state of Indiana is temporarily expanding the Next Level Jobs program
aimed at providing Hoosiers with free job training in high-paying,
Through the Workforce Ready Grant, individuals gain much-needed
skills necessary for highly sought-after careers in advanced
manufacturing, health & life sciences, building &
construction, information technology & business services, and
transportation & logistics. Eligibility, tuition-free program
offerings, and funding have increased through Dec. 30.
“Regardless of where you are in the state, VU should have a location
near you that offers some type of training that you can potentially be
able to tap into,” said Evan Sievers, VU’s Next Level Jobs Representative.
The Workforce Ready Grant program has been expanded to temporarily
include Hoosiers with two- and four-year degrees. This is especially
beneficial to students who received a degree in a certain field of
study and now want to transition to a different employment sector.
To provide students with greater choices, almost 50 new certificates
have been added to the current list of eligible programs, including
Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), CNC
Machining, Truck Driver Training, Industrial Maintenance and Robotics,
and Dental Assistant short-term training programs.
VU offers Workforce
Ready Grant programs for students online and in multiple
locations throughout Indiana, including the Vincennes and Jasper
campuses, Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis, VU Logistics and
Training Education Center in Plainfield, Haas Technical Education
Center in Lebanon, and Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch.
Sherry Sims of Vincennes, Ind. earned an accounting certificate
online through VU and the Workforce Ready Grant. She applied for the
program after starting a new job in a finance department without prior
experience in the field.
“I decided I wanted to go back to school to learn more about
accounting,” Sims said. “I learned a lot of skills pertaining to my
new position that allowed me to understand my work responsibilities
better. My work performance improved. The grant program helped me to
improve my skills and get a raise at work. This expansion could do the
same for many Hoosiers.”
Individuals who have completed a certificate program have seen an
average wage increase of $6,400 a year.
“Expanding the Next Level Jobs program will give thousands of
additional Hoosiers the opportunity to gain the skills needed to
succeed in high-demand careers,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb in
release. “Investing in these proven programs with our federal
dollars will ensure Hoosiers across our state can recover quickly from
the negative economic impacts of COVID-19 and secure quality jobs.”
Eligible Hoosiers who pursue credit-bearing certificates with VU will
have full tuition costs covered by the Next Levels Jobs grant.
Increased funding is available to students seeking non-credit bearing
training with VU.
With $22 million of CARES Act funding devoted to the Workforce Ready
Grant, at least 10,000 additional Hoosiers will benefit.
Learn more about VU and Next Level Jobs: https://www.vinu.edu/web/workforce-development/nextleveljobs.
Contact VU at email@example.com or 812-888-5305.