Skill UP Indiana!


Indiana faces a stiff challenge in meeting workforce needs that are vital to enriching and catalyzing strong communities across our state. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s employer-driven Skill Up Indiana! strategy is providing up to $20M in grants to support talent creation in our communities. 

You were identified as someone in our community that may have interest in forming an Innovation Network to identify talent, knowledge, and workforce gaps and work to better align our educational pathways to meet future employer needs. We wish to supply industry business partners with better prepared talent and we are seeking your help and expertise to help us with this.

We are in the process of forming an Innovation Network of education and training providers that are responsive to the needs of employers, are committed to leveraging shared resources, teach against the same set of skills and competencies, and serve all Hoosiers, including secondary students, post-secondary students, adult education students, and incumbent workers.

You are invited to join our network and collaborate on the upcoming Talent Supply Chain Feedback Sessions:

September 12, 2017
Elkhart Public Library
300 South 2nd Street, Elkhart, IN 46516
– Manufacturing @ 9:00 am
– Healthcare @ 11:00 am
– Technology Throughout


September 12, 2017
Lakeville Public Library
120 N Michigan St, Lakeville, IN 46536
– Manufacturing @ 2:00 pm

Deliverables of the Employer Validation Sessions include:

• Validate high-wage high-demand middle skills occupations
       Validation of 10 year demand projections
       Validation of skills and competencies associated with your occupations
       Validation of Educational requirements
• Provide recommendations on programs and curriculum to be developed
• Direct long-term engagement including:
       Conduct awareness activities
       Provide Work Based Learning opportunities for students
       Provide ongoing input on curriculum and programs

Hiring unskilled candidates can lead to poor performance and turnover; by focusing on job skills you get a better fit. Your input is critical to the development of talent for your business and community. Will you join us?

Please RSVP to:
Kimberly Andrysiak,, with the following information:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Industry
  • # of Employees Represented
  • Session Location & Time