By Jacob Rund
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a bill Tuesday that would rename the Indiana Workforce Intelligence System (IWIS) and establish a governance committee and executive director,
House Bill 1003, authored by Rep. Steven Braun, R- Zionsville, would change IWIS’s name to the Indiana Network of Knowledge. It would also provide grants to school corporations and charter schools that partner with businesses to train students. Tax credits would also be given to these businesses that train students in high demand jobs that require certification.
“A highly educated work force is the key factor to Indiana’s economic success,” Braun said.
Braun cited estimates that Indiana employers will create 500,000 new jobs between now and 2018. He said there are currently 100,000 jobs available in the state.
“This bill is an important first step in Indiana’s effort to align our workforce and educational training with the skill sets required by our state employers both today and in the future,” he said.
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D- Michigan City, said he was concerned about the addition of a new “high-priced bureaucrat “to oversee the INK system.
“We’re creating a new position, the person is going to be very expensive and they are going to have control over a lot of information, and I just think we need to be cognizant of that,” Pelath said.
The proposed governance committee – comprised of several leaders from the education and business communities – would appoint the executive director.
The bill passed 89-6 and now moves to the Senate.
Jacob Rund is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College Journalism Students.
A story posted on TheStatehouseFile.com on Jan. 28 should have said that the Indiana Workforce Intelligence System would undergo a name change to the Indiana Network of Knowledge under House Bill 1103. TheStatehouseFile.com regrets the mistake. You can see the corrected story here: http://thestatehousefile.com/indiana-network-knowledge-renamed-house-bill/14811/