State Rep. Jim Pressel, R-Rolling Prairie, urges Hoosiers to join the thousands taking advantage of Indiana’s Next Level Jobs certificate program to increase their skills at no cost and obtain a higher-paying job.
With many high-wage positions requiring specially trained workers, Pressel said Hoosiers can increase skills for free with a Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant, which covers tuition costs for those earning a high-value certificate from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University.
Since launching in 2017, more than 50,000 Hoosiers have enrolled to complete a high-demand certificate program through Indiana’s Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant.
“Job seekers should be aware of these training grants and the free opportunity to acquire valued certificates in high-demand fields,” Pressel said. “Specially trained workers are in high demand and this program will skill up Hoosiers so they can qualify for open positions and grow professionally.”
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, those who earn a Workforce Ready Grant certificate see an annual median wage increase of $6,800.
Pressel said the program is designed so that participants can continue to work while earning a certificate in 1 of 5 in-demand job fields, including health and life sciences, IT and business services, building and construction, transportation and logistics, and advanced manufacturing.
To learn more about Workforce Ready Grants, visit NextLevelJobs.org.
To connect to a career in a fast-growing field today, Hoosiers can also visit IndianaCareerReady.com/INDemandJobs. This website helps job seekers easily explore industries experiencing significant growth, both in the number of hires and in rising wages. High-demand jobs in Indiana include nurses, accountants, computer systems analysts, construction managers, electricians, plumbers and software developers. The web portal offers a sortable list displaying the educational requirements, average salary, job postings and training opportunities for each occupation.