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Soliday urges displaced workers to get tuition free jobs training

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State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, is urging Hoosiers whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of tuition-free training grants offered through the state’s Next Level Jobs program.

Established in 2017 under legislation supported by Soliday, the program provides Workforce Ready Grants to help Hoosiers who have a high school diploma or the equivalent but less than a college degree receive training in high-demand job fields. With more than 500,000 Hoosiers filing for unemployment since March, Soliday said that--these grants could help those who are laid off or furloughed to build on their skills and get a better paying job.

"Indiana has attracted--thousands of well-paying jobs that still need filling,” Soliday said. “Now could be a good time for many workers to consider Next Level Jobs, and gain skills and the necessary training to pursue work in these growing and demanding industries.”

Visit to apply for training grants, which cover the cost of tuition and fees for working adults to earn a high-value certificate at Ivy Tech Community College. Jobseekers can connect to local training and resources to find jobs in high-demand industries, including advanced manufacturing, building and construction, health and life sciences, IT and business services, and transportation and logistics.

The Ivy Tech campus in Valparaiso offers students the chance to earn certificates in numerous careers. For more information, visit

Students interested in attending Ivy Tech have until Monday, June 8, to enroll in summer courses. The summer session will run through Aug. 1. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all courses will be offered online.

According to Soliday, businesses in high-demand industries can apply for Employer Training Grants as well, which provide $5,000 for each employee who is trained, hired, and retained for six months. Anyone who needs assistance with the application process can call (317) 715-9007 to speak one-on-one with a financial aid expert for free through INvestED.



Posted 6/4/2020




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