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Students discover career possibilities on Indiana road trip

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Three college students are hitting the road in a bright green RV to interact with businesses across the state in hopes of finding their future. Dengke Wang, Shannon Newerth and Jaedyn Zavala will spend two weeks traveling 829 miles to interview employers and spotlight the state’s industries including health, […]

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Rolls-Royce announces $600 million in investment plans for Hoosier state

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rolls-Royce executives announced Monday the company plans to pour more than $600 million into its operations in the Hoosier state over the next five years. “Indiana leads the nation in advanced manufacturing, and Rolls-Royce has been an integral part of our state’s industry for the past 100 years,” Gov. Mike […]

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Bill to give employers, employees more leeway over paycheck deductions passes House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Certain work-related fees, including cost of uniforms and required education costs, could be taken out of employees’ paychecks if a bill that passed the Indiana House on Monday becomes law. Instead of requiring employees to pay out of pocket, House Bill 1469, authored by Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, allows […]

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Braun to take over DWD, current commissioner not going anywhere

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has named a state legislator to take over at the Department of Workforce Development, but the agency’s current commissioner will stay on as well, with a new title and the same salary. Rep. Steve Braun, R-Zionsville, will become the DWD’s new commissioner after this fall’s election, […]

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Pence appoints new special assistant for workforce issues

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced his appointment Tuesday of Jaclyn Dowd as special assistant for workforce innovation and reform. Dowd will be in charge of implementing and leading the Indiana Works Councils and Indiana Career Council. Her responsibilities will include oversight of workforce investment act policies, strategic alignment of youth initiatives, […]

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State is looking for GED alternative

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state agency tasked with overseeing and issuing high school equivalency credentials said Friday it will begin seeking a company to offer an alternative to the GED test. The announcement comes as the Indiana Department of Workforce and agencies in about 40 other states and the District of Columbia have […]

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Plan would match voc ed curricula to job needs

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana senator pitched a plan Wednesday to boost vocational education in Indiana high schools. Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, authored the bill — based on a plan by Gov. Mike Pence —   designed to address the skills gap between high school and available jobs in the workforce. He said […]