NextLevel Jobs Open House for Job Seekers and Employers to be Hosted at Hobart’s Southlake Mall

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NextLevel Jobs Open House for Job Seekers and Employers to be Hosted at Hobart's Southlake Mall


INDIANAPOLIS (March 1, 2018) — The Indiana Department of Workforce Development, in partnership with the City of Hobart and the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, is hosting an open house for the state’s NextLevel Jobs initiative on March 22. The event, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. CDT, will be held at the Hobart Police Substation in the Southlake Mall in Hobart, Ind.

NextLevel Jobs, an initiative launched by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb in August 2017, features two training grants – the Workforce Ready Grant, which is geared towards upskilling individuals for high-demand, high-wage jobs in critical industries, and the Employer Training Grant, which reimburses employers for training new employees.  The grants are designed to equip the state’s current and future workforce with training and skill development. NextLevel Jobs focuses on high-demand, high-wage jobs that need to be filled in high-priority industry sectors.

“These high-demand, high-wage jobs will require training beyond a high school education for Hoosiers needed to fill them,” said DWD Commissioner Fred Payne. “NextLevel Jobs helps individuals obtain the training they need to advance their career and offsets the cost of training for employers looking to train and retain new employees.”

More information about both grants, job demand and other related information can be found at

The first hour of the event from 10-11 a.m. CDT will be a private opportunity for employers to discuss the Employer Training Grant with DWD staff.  All local employers are welcome, but registration is required.  To register, go to

From 11 a.m. -2 p.m. CDT, the public is invited to attend and meet with both DWD and CHE staff to learn more about both grants. Brief presentations will be held at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. CDT, followed by one-on-one Q&A sessions.  Tablets will be available for the public for those who wish to complete and submit an online application while on-site.

Representatives from both Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University, both eligible training providers for NextLevel Jobs, will also be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the programs they offer.


About the 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:

Dave Shatkowski, 317-234-7671,

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