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East Central Indiana Workforce Development Programs and Services

East Central Indiana Indiana USA
Labor Force Participation Rate (16 yr+) 248,091 3,326,494 161,159,470
Mean Commute Time (minutes) 22.7 23.4 26.4


Education Attainment East Central Indiana Indiana USA
No High School Diploma (Age 25-64) 10.8% 10.4% 11.4%
High School Graduate (Age 25-64) 37.9% 31.5% 26.0%
Some College, No Degree (Age 25-64) 22.7% 21.4% 21.2%
Associate’s Degree (Age 25-64) 10.0% 9.7% 9.0%
Bachelor’s Degree (Age 25-64) 12.4% 18.1% 20.5%
Postgraduate Degree (Age 25-64) 6.2% 8.9% 11.8%

Source: JobsEQ® (2017)

State Resources

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future.

Regional and Local Resources

East Central Indiana is served by a highly integrated public/private sector network of Workforce Investment Boards (WIB) that proactively meets the workforce demands of our employers.  Working closely with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, East Central Indiana’s WIBs manage WorkOne Offices in each respective county of our region that offer timely solutions to the unique workforce challenges that our companies face in an ever-changing global economy.  The East Central Indiana WorkOne Team offers the workforce development resources and expertise that will enhance your workforce through a variety of initiatives that include but are not limited to:

  • Workforce Incentives: East Central Indiana WorkOne provides On-the-Job-Training (OJT) Grants, Jobs Fairs and Applicant Screenings to assist you in identifying and hiring a skills-specific applicant pool. (NOTE: Workforce Incentives are based on wage and new hire data.)
  • Temporary Office Space:  Expedite your hiring/training processes by utilizing East Central WorkOne Office space for your initial meetings, applicant interviews and employee training.
  • On-site Services:  Streamline and monitor your hiring/training processes by utilizing the highly-skilled East Central Indiana WorkOne Team at your facility.
  • Applicant Assessment:  WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certification:  Applicant skills are aligned with job specifications to mitigate your hiring risks, boost workplace morale and increase your productivity.


Eastern Indiana Works

Eastern Indiana Works is a 501(c)(3) that convenes Regional Private/Public sector Workforce Development partners to provide strategic leadership, oversight and content delivery to Economic Growth Region 6 (EGR6).  In accordance with a contractual agreement with the EGR6 Local Elected Officials Executive Council, the ASG, Inc. Board of Directors also serves as the Eastern Indiana Workforce Investment Board and works closely with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to deliver exceptional WorkOne services to the citizens of Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties.

East Central Indiana WorkOne Locations:

In East Central Indiana, the cultivation of a vibrant, sustainable, demand-driven workforce is a top priority. To achieve this goal, East Central Indiana has launched several initiatives that meet existing and future workforce demands:

  • ACT Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC): ACT CWRC empowers counties and states with process, data and tools deployed in a common workforce development framework to drive economic growth by certifying counties as work ready communities when established goals are attained.  In Indiana, Delaware, Fayette, Henry, Randolph, Rush and Wayne Counties are taking part in a county-level pilot to directly engage with the ACT CWRC effort. East Central Indiana counties are leading the ACT CWRC initiative in Indiana.
  • Manufacturing Matters (MM): The MM job training initiative is designed by regional employers to increase the technical and soft skills of the regional workforce by equipping participants with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential.  The CPT is a nationally recognized, portable credential in manufacturing. Training includes 8-10 weeks of instruction that integrates classroom learning with hands-on/simulated training modules.  The CPT represents knowledge in four key areas of manufacturing: Safety, Quality, Manufacturing Processes and Maintenance Awareness, and includes critical thinking, problem solving and team work. The technical training is provided through Ivy Tech Community College and the soft skills training is provided by Eastern Indiana WorkOne. Completion of MM also provides participants with six academic credits at Ivy Tech Community College, as well as access to job opportunities with participating employers.
  • Regional Advanced Manufacturing Program (RAMP): RAMP is a highly collaborative partnership between Local Elected Officials, Advanced Manufacturing Employers, East Central Indiana WorkOne and Higher Education that is designed to meet the entry-level hiring needs in Advanced Manufacturing.  The RAMP training is completed in 128 hours over 4 weeks and includes: Safety, Blue Print Reading, CNC Concepts, Production Process – Lean and 5S, Quality Principles, Teamwork, Communication, Problem Solving, Career Pathways, and Plant Tours.  Completion of RAMP provided participants with an OSHA Safety Card as well as access to job opportunities with participating employers.
  • Hire Technology:  Blackford County recently implemented Conexus Indiana’s Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics (AML) Curriculum Development Program, Hire Technology, that addresses the changing AML workforce landscape by creating a high school level curriculum for “middle skill workers.” The program, rolled out in coordination with the Indiana Department of Education and Ivy Tech Community College, enables current students to complete industry-recognized certificates and earn dual credit, all while preparing for post-secondary programs and careers in AML. Hire Technology is a two-year turn-key Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics program delivered through Indiana high schools and career centers. The program facilitates student achievement by including contextualized math and science concepts to reinforce key academic STEM concepts while promoting the development of the applied problem-solving skills demanded by AML industry members.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Centers: East Central Indiana High School Students can choose from multiple dual-credit career preparation programs at the New CastleMuncieConnersvilleRichmondMarion and Bluffton (serves Blackford and Jay County) Career Centers.  Regardless of your workforce needs, East Central Indiana is preparing the next generation for your company.  Course offerings include but are not limited to:


    • Auto Mechanics
    • Project Lead the Way Biomedical
    • Building Trades
    • Culinary Arts
    • Electricity
    • Project Lead the Way Engineering
    • Facility Maintenance
    • Health Sciences
    • Information Technology
    • Machine Trades
    • Network Fundamentals
    • Welding Tech


  • Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG): East Central Indiana is a State leader in JAG, operating in nine schools region-wide.  JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk.  In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.
  • Grant’s Got TalentAn initiative derived from a group of regional manufacturers and community leaders in Grant County who came together to brainstorm and discover the best approach to addressing the skills gap for manufacturers in East-Central Indiana.  The program is designed to increase the employability of residents and provide local manufacturers with an employment pool of candidates that will help to increase profitability and decrease turnover. Qualified candidates are WorkKeys tested, drug tested and interviewed by WorkOne; trained by Ivy Tech Corporate College to receive a nationally recognized Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. Upon completion, the candidate will be introduced to partner employers in the manufacturing sector that see great value in the CPT credential and move those candidates to the top of the hiring pool.
  • Purdue Polytechnic Institute Makerspace/Flagship Innovation HubThe Purdue Polytechnic Institute Makerspace/Flagship Innovation Hub is a collaborative partnership for sparking ideas, developing new products, building businesses, and growing jobs.  The Makerspace offers affordable and accessible space, software, and equipment for students, entrepreneurs, and existing businesses, for hands-on learning, idea testing and tinkering, and prototyping.  The Flagship Innovation Hub offers affordable industrial incubation space for businesses created by students and other area entrepreneurs.