While the South Bend-Elkhart Region has much to offer companies, we believe our most important asset is a large, highly skilled and motivated workforce. Our region is focused on increasing the availability of work-ready talent for all key industry sectors, as well as preparing workers for a changing global economy both now and in the future.

Intern Programs

Indiana INTERNnet

Indiana INTERNnet is an online resource, connecting with students who are local or who are interested in finding career opportunities in the region. Website

INTERN South Bend Region

The INTERN South Bend Region program, increases the quantity and quality of experiential learning in the region by connecting businesses to the next generation of talent. Website


enFocus fosters an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem for young professionals to support the founding of new companies, and helps existing companies grow. Website

Young Professionals Network

YPN South Bend

The young professionals network for the greater South Bend area.

Greater Elkhart YPN

The young professionals network for the greater Elkhart area.

YPN Marshall County

The young professionals network for the greater Marshall County area.

Leadership Programs

Leadership South Bend Mishawaka

The Leadership Program for St. Joseph County, IN. Website

Elkhart Leadership Academy

The Leadership Program for Elkhart County, IN. Website

Marshall County

The Leadership Program for Marshall County, IN. Website

Workforce Programs

IT Sector Partnership

An employer-driven partnership in the South Bend - Elkhart Region. Website

Manufacturing Day

Celebrating modern manufacturing to inspire the next generation. Website

Workforce Events

A region-wide calendar of workforce related events. Website

The job of preparing workers for a changing global economy both now and in the future isn’t just a task to be handed to educators. It’s something that is best done by a coalition of educators and industry with the participation of students and workers who want to prepare for success in the modern workplace. We are building key industry sector partnerships around Manufacturing, IT and Healthcare which will include employers, educators and supporting community organizations. These partnership work in collaboration to determine how to best leverage and align our K-12 systems, post-secondary education and training, and other resources to maximize individual potential and meet workforce needs.