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Ready to take your career to the next level? You’re in luck.

The State of Indiana recently unveiled the Next Level Jobs initiative, which offers two new grant programs aimed to help adult Hoosiers prepare for today’s high-demand, high-wage jobs.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports that within the next several years, two-thirds of all jobs will require training beyond high school. The Next Level Jobs program aims to help meet that need by providing more than $20 million over the next two years for workforce training and certifications. The two new grant programs target both employees and employers.

Announcing the program in Aug. 2017, Gov. Eric Holcomb said, “Indiana’s unemployment rate has reached historic lows, and we currently have about 95,000 job openings around the state. Now more than ever, our state needs to ramp up efforts to prepare Hoosiers for the jobs available today—and for the one million more we expect to have open by 2025.”

The Workforce Ready Grant, created by the Indiana General Assembly, covers full tuition costs for adult Hoosiers to earn certificates in high-growth job sectors at Ivy Tech Community College campuses statewide, or Vincennes University campuses in Vincennes, Lebanon, Fort Branch and Jasper. The high-growth sectors include:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • building and construction
  • health and life sciences
  • IT and business services
  • transportation and logistics

To qualify, students must:

  • Enroll in a qualifying program at Ivy Tech or Vincennes University
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible resident
  • Be an Indiana resident
  • Be a high school graduate or received a high school equivalency diploma/GED
  • Have not previously received a bachelor’s or associate degree or a certificate currently covered by the Workforce Ready Grant (more details at

The Employer Training Grant program, developed by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, offers qualifying companies reimbursement of up to $2,500 for each new employee who is trained and retained for six months.

Grants are available for middle-skill, high-demand and high-wage jobs in high-growth sectors that require more than a high-school diploma but less than an associate degree. High-growth sectors include those listed for the Workforce Ready Grant, as well as agriculture.

Easy-to-complete applications for both grants—as well as additional information—are available at After they’ve submitted an application, applicants will be contacted within 48 hours by a Department of Workforce Development representative or training provider.

Indiana Job Demand by Industry Sector

Advanced Manufacturing                      14,900

Health & Life Sciences                             12,200

IT & Business Services                            11,400

Building & Construction                           3,800

Transportation & Logistics   3,600


Next Level Jobs Indiana, August 2017


“Connecting business leaders and employees will continue to be a key focus as workforce demands grow, as baby boomers retire and our economy expands and diversifies. Next Level Jobs presents a streamlined way for Hoosiers and employers to access state resources and programs that help address our workforce needs.”

— Blair Milo, State of Indiana secretary of career connections and talent

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