DWD Awards $7.7 Million in Skill UP Grants to 12 Regional Partnerships

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DWD Awards $7.7 Million in Skill UP Grants to 12 Regional Partnerships

INDIANAPOLIS (October 20, 2016) – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today awarded 12 industry-led regional partnerships nearly $7.7 million during the second cycle of the Skill UP Indiana! grant program. The program provides funding to develop training and education programs that align with local employer needs. Awardees will use grant funds to equip Hoosiers with the skills necessary to fill the one million jobs projected to be available over the next decade.

“Skill UP grants enable regional partnerships to enhance skill attainment in the local workforce that meets employer demand for high-skilled employees both now and into the future ,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “The positive results from the first Skill UP grant cycle are already being realized in communities throughout Indiana and this second group of grantees will engage even more students and incumbent workers in career- and skill-development opportunities."

The Skill UP Indiana! grant program was created to encourage development of sector-focused training and education programs for in-demand occupations at the regional level. Curriculum and training will be centered on necessary skills and competencies identified by local employers. The regional partnerships will also focus on employability skills (soft skills) instruction that can be utilized across all careers and work-and-learn opportunities for youth and adult learners.

Funding for this initiative was made available in the most recent biennial budget for innovation and advancement in career and technical education and workforce development. Regional partnerships also had to obtain a minimum private sector match of 25 percent of the requested grant funding.

“The business community demonstrated the value it places in these educational partnerships through their commitment to developing a highly-skilled local workforce,” said Braun. “Grantees in the second grant cycle overwhelmingly exceeded the minimum 25-percent match by contributing a cumulative $6.1 million to regional programs.”

Thirty-four regional partnerships requested over $25 million in funding during the second Skill UP Indiana! grant cycle. Nearly $19 million in funding has been distributed during the first two grant cycles to programs located throughout Indiana. Specific information regarding recipients, a snapshot of their individual proposed programs, grant award totals, private matching dollars, as well as other Skill UP Indiana! details can found at http://in.gov/dwd/skillup.htm. 


For additional information, contact:

Al Ensley, (317) 232-7358, aensley@dwd.in.gov

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