Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Hoosier Retraining Efforts Get a Financial Boost

Indiana is getting more federal grant money to boost its efforts retraining out-of-work Hoosiers for next-generation jobs.

Governor Mike Pence says those initiatives are not the only way the state is trying to reduce its unemployment rate.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence
Listen to Brandon Smith's story on new federal money coming to Indiana to help retrain workers.

A new $2.4 million federal grant adds to a $58 million state effort for retraining laid-off workers.  Out of the 30 states receiving the U.S. Department of Labor grant, Indiana is receiving the second-highest per capita percentage of those dollars. 

Governor Mike Pence says that’s in part because there are more than a million Hoosiers who lack the skills necessary to find one of the thousands of unfilled jobs in the state.  But he says focusing on free or low-cost education for out-of-work adults is only part of the solution in curbing the state’s unemployment rate, which remains above eight percent.

“We also want to make sure that our high schools, our post-secondary institutions are creating more effective pathways so that our young people are entering the workforce with the background and the training that they need,” Pence said.

Pence says over the last decade, high quality career and vocational education programs have sprung up throughout the state, but he says it’s been almost solely a product of regional efforts.