As of March 28, 2016, nearly one third of Indiana’s workforce lacks the skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace. That’s more than 900,000 Indiana residents. However, in an effort to raise the skill level of the adult population as well as meet workforce demands for middle skills attainment, the state embarked on a major restructuring of the adult education service delivery system.
The restructure included refocusing the goal of adult education, adding basic occupational training opportunities (WorkINdiana), enhancing student support, and implementing new data systems to better track clients in the workforce and educational training system.
WorkINdiana is a Department of Workforce Development initiative that involves a framework of approved certifications including such as Certified Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide, Patient Access, Electronics Technician, Bookkeeper. To promote success, WorkINdiana requires regional partnerships among their adult education centers, career and technical education centers, WorkOnes, community colleges, and local economic development representatives. Together, these partners determine which careers from the certification framework are most relevant to their regions, and then implement the requisite training programs.
To date, there are more than 327 career certification programs across the state with additional programs being added throughout the year. For more information about this program, go to http://www.in.gov/dwd/adulted_workin.htm.