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Holcomb promotes workforce training resources

By: - January 8, 2024 11:22 am

One Stop to Start, a new state website, promotes existing workforce development programs in Indiana. (Screenshot from One Stop to Start website)

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a statewide campaign to promote the state’s workforce training resources, all compiled under the “One Stop to Start” website.

“The overall goal of ‘One Stop to Start’ is to make sure that Hoosiers have awareness of and access to the programs that can get them on that path to realizing a high-wage career,” said Holcomb in a release. “Perhaps it’s a short-term certificate or a two- or four-year degree. There’s a pathway for all Hoosiers, and “One Stop to Start” will help individuals discover various options that fit their needs.”

Previously, Holcomb said increasing awareness about current government programs would be one of his priorities in his last year as governor. In addition to public health funding and business supports, the state offers tuition-free certifications, connections to apprenticeships and college financial aid — as detailed at One Stop to Start.

The site also offers one-on-one navigator assistance for both Hoosiers and employers during business hours Monday through Friday. And it highlights fast-growing careers and emerging industries, such as microelectronics and semiconductors, electric vehicles, robotics and clean energy productions.

“Indiana’s workplace footprint is changing. Our state has long been a leader in industries such as advanced manufacturing, engineering, biopharma and life sciences,” Holcomb continued. “As Indiana continues to take workforce development to the next level, we must educate, skill up and train Hoosiers for the economies and industries of the future.”

Workforce training and availability are big considerations for potential Hoosier employers seeking partnerships with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) — whether in technical careers or health care, including the state’s direct-service workforce for home- and community-based services. Indiana has a low number of Hoosiers with an education beyond high school, hampering efforts to attract certain companies.

The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and the IEDC lead One Stop to Start in partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Indiana Department of Corrections, IN Vets and the Family and Social Services Administration.

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Whitney Downard
Whitney Downard

A native of upstate New York, Whitney previously covered statehouse politics for CNHI’s nine Indiana papers, focusing on long-term healthcare facilities and local government. Prior to her foray into Indiana politics, she worked as a general assignment reporter for The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi. Whitney is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (#GoBonnies!), a community theater enthusiast and cat mom.

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