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Talking Talent Podcasts
Talking Talent
, is a podcast of The Northwest Indiana Workforce Board (NWIWB) and Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI), about workforce development. Hosted by Linda Woloshansky, President & CEO of the Center of Workforce Innovations, the podcast focuses on workforce development as it relates to education, economic development, and industry. Each episode features a special guest while highlighting local and state initiatives, effective collaborations, and best practices associated with developing a skilled workforce.

Subscribe to Talking Talent podcast on iTunes. For further information, contact Barb Grimsgard, Communications Manager at CWI at 219-462-2940, ext. 28 or email bgrimsgard@cwicorp.com.

Talking Talent Episode 9-Building a Pipeline of Manufacturing Talent in La Porte County, Indiana
In this episode, you’ll hear about the La Porte County SkillUp Network initiative, which provides collaboration around workforce challenges in the manufacturing sector to grow the current workforce and support skill attainment for job candidates with a gap in skills. Discover takeaways from the initiative and potential lessons for other industries and counties throughout the region.

Talking Talent Episode 8-Career and Technical Education
In this episode, you’ll learn about two career and technical education initiatives that are underway in Indiana. Discover how students can “earn while they learn” and how young people can get a technical certification while getting their diploma, as well as the role of work-based learning.

Talking Talent Episode 7-Indiana INTERNnet- A Win-Win For Students and Employers
In this episode, you’ll discover the work that Indiana INTERNnet is doing to connect students to employers, and the benefits of internships for both interns and employers. Discover the innovative efforts that are underway to help attract and retain top talent in Indiana.

Talking Talent Episode 6-The importance of providing youth with a work experience and how it can transform their work ethic
Keith Kirkpatrick from the KPM Group and who serves as the chair of the Youth Employment Council of the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, discusses how the Council is working to ensure employers in the region understand the importance of hiring youth and providing them with a work experience, whether it’s full time, part-time, seasonal, or project-based.  He and host Linda Woloshansky also talk about employer expectations and how their region implemented a Work Ethic Certificate strategy that is now being used in high schools in Northwest Indiana.

Talking Talent Episode 5-Regional Economic Development Planning
In this episode, you’ll hear how a Northwest Indiana’s regional economic development group engaged stakeholders to ensure implementation of a regional plan. You’ll discover best practices, the challenges and opportunities that arose, and how it was important to incorporate talent and workforce development into the plan.

Talking Talent Episode 4-College and Career Readiness
In this episode, you’ll learn about the efforts underway for college and career readiness in Indiana and how one initiative, READY Northwest Indiana (READY NWI), is moving the needle to make things happen in their neck of the woods when it comes K-12 and post-secondary education. Your guests are Dr. Carmen Panlilio, the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Purdue University Northwest, and Dr. Peggy Buffington, School City of Hobart Superintendent.

Talking Talent Episode 3-Skilling Up Hoosiers for Success

Blair Milo, Secretary of Career Connections & Talent for Indiana discusses what the state is doing to ensure Hoosiers are ready to move in to high-demand, high-wage careers.

Talking Talent Episode 2-Work Ethic Certificate is ramping up high school students for work success
George Douglas, Sr. Vice President at Indiana Beverage and Tamara Stump, Sr. Workforce Associate with Center of Workforce Innovations discuss how NW Indiana high school students are entering the workforce with a certificate supporting their readiness to work.

Talking Talent Episode 1-Trades are well and alive in Northwest Indiana
Kevin Comerford, Director of Professional Development at Construction Advancement Foundation, shares how the region is being proactive to address the labor shortage in the trades and how the Construction & Skilled Trades Day served as an avenue for students and parents to learn more about these solid careers.

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