MS Companies, Lauren Marks of Henderson both received WorkOne Achievement Awards

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MS Companies, Lauren Marks of Henderson both received WorkOne Achievement Awards

INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2017) – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and its WorkOne Career Centers hosted their biennial WorkOne Achievement Awards on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Statehouse. The ceremony recognized the success of Hoosier employees and employers who have received services through WorkOne. MS Companies and Lauren Marks of Henderson, Ky., were two of 22 recipients who received an employer award and an individual award, respectively. Both recipients were nominated for the award by their local WorkOne center.

MS Companies received a WorkOne Achievement Award for partnering with WorkOne to create employment opportunities for local Hoosiers.

MS Companies

Representing MS Companies, Talent Optimization Manager Liesl Disch is pictured with DWD Commissioner Steve Braun.

Founded in 1999, MS Companies pairs candidates seeking flexible career development with more than 900 clients in need of customized personnel and quality solutions in its 14-state network. Employees with diverse experience levels receive vocational training that helps launch rewarding careers. MS Companies has placed approximately 1,000 individuals in employment in Southwest Indiana since opening its office in Evansville in July of 2015.

Lauren Marks received a WorkOne Achievement Award for overcoming several employment barriers and personal challenges, and for pursuing a better life for herself. Marks (center) is pictured with DWD Commissioner Steve Braun.

Lauren Marks

Before enrolling in WorkOne services at the Evansville office, Marks was unemployed and living off of food stamps (SNAP) and TANF. Marks had multiple barriers to finding a job – she lacked a résumé, job-searching and interviewing skills, and she had a criminal background. Through WorkOne, Marks participated in résumé and interview workshops, including mock interviews where she learned how to appropriately discuss her past and experience.

She landed a job at Resources MFG in Henderson, and after only 90 days she received a raise. Because Resources MFG recently closed its Henderson office, Marks is job-searching with her case manager again, but feels confident that she will soon find employment.


About Indiana Department of Workforce Development

DWD serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future by providing WorkOne Career Centers, Unemployment Insurance, Labor Market Information, Regional Workforce Strategies and Professional Training. Through these services, DWD is able to develop a premier workforce that enables Indiana employers to flourish and entices businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana.

For additional information, contact:

Kayli Schroeder, 317-232-7358,

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