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DWD Awards Work Ethic Certificate Grants

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has awarded nearly

$600,000 to 18 recipients throughout the state. The grants will integrate with the

Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate program, which seeks to address the employability skills


The DWD says the recipients may use the funds, ranging between $20,000 and $55,000, to

develop programs that teach students the importance of employability skills local

employers are seeking. The programs are a collaboration among employers, local school

districts and career centers.

“Hoosier employers routinely cite employability skills as the most challenging

characteristics to find in applicants and new hires,”said DWD Commissioner Steven Braun.

“The Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate program is designed to provide Hoosier employers

with a pipeline of workers with a proven work ethic and assist Indiana communities in

closing the skills gap.”

The DWD says the 18 recipients will implement their pilot programs during the 2017-2018

academic year. Recipients must also develop a “Train the Trainer” plan help neighboring

school districts replicate the program in their communities.

The recipients include:

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp./C4 Columbus Area Career Connection – $35,000

Beech Grove City Schools – $40,000

Center of Workforce Innovations Inc. on behalf of the Northwest Indiana Workforce board

– $55,000

Central Nine Career Center – $40,000

Elkhart Community Schools – $36,000

Fairfield Community Schools – $25,000

Genesis: Pathways to Success – $20,000

Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board Inc. – $50,000

Hoosier Hills Career Center – $40,000

Lebanon Community School Corp. – $35,000

Logansport Community School Corp. – $30,000

Madison Consolidated School Corp. – $15,000

New Castle Career Center – $35,000

Portage Township Schools – $25,000

Scott County School District – $29,000

Spencer-Owen Community Schools – $20,000

Westview School Corp. – $25,000

White County Schools Collaborative – $35,000


Source: insideindianabusiness.com

Updated: Dec 13, 2016 8:26 AM CST