Jason Bearce Named New VP for Education and Workforce Development

Jason Bearce is the Indiana Chamber’s new vice president of education and workforce development. Bearce has spent his nearly 20-year professional career with the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), most recently serving as the senior associate commissioner at CHE.

Bearce officially joins the Indiana Chamber on September 10. His duties will include lobbying on state education and workforce policy, coordinating the Indiana Chamber’s newly-created Institute for Workforce Excellence and serving as the management liaison with the board of Indiana INTERNnet, the statewide resource for internship opportunities.

“Jason brings a wealth of policy experience in both K-12 and post-secondary education, and will be able to hit the ground running on many initiatives for us,” offers Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “That’s a big plus because Outstanding Talent is the top driver in our organization’s Indiana Vision 2025 plan. Having a qualified workforce is both the greatest challenge for our state and the area of most importance.

“The Chamber has worked with Jason on a number of key policies and programs, including when he was the staff liaison for Indiana’s Education Roundtable. I’ve always been impressed by his knowledge and ability to communicate effectively. He is highly regarded in the Statehouse and in education circles across the state, and we are excited to have him on the Indiana Chamber team.”

Bearce has contributed to significant education policy changes during his career, including establishing high school graduation pathways aligned with the state’s workforce needs, reforming Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program to increase college completion and career readiness, and launching Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Jobs initiative.

Bearce earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his MBA from WGU Indiana. His involvement in the community has included serving as the board president for an Indianapolis charter school and a mentor through Starfish Initiative.

“Good education and workforce policy moves our state forward, helping young Hoosiers find their career path and ensuring adults have the skills needed for today’s jobs,” Bearce says. “I’m passionate about education and look forward to representing the interests of the state’s business community on behalf of the Indiana Chamber.”

Resource: Kevin Brinegar at (317) 264-6882 or email: [email protected]

Apply Now for Best Places to Work in Indiana Program

Companies with an Indiana presence can now apply for the Indiana Chamber’s annual Best Places to Work in Indiana program.

In its 14th year, this program honors top companies in the state as determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys.

Companies need to have at least 15 Hoosier employees to be eligible. Out-of-state parent companies are also eligible to participate if at least 15 full-time employees are in Indiana.

Winners are selected in four groups: small companies of between 15 and 74 U.S. employees; medium companies of between 75 and 249 U.S. employees; large companies of between 250 and 999 U.S. employees; and major companies with 1,000 or more U.S. employees.

The application deadline is Friday, November 16. To apply, visit www.bestplacestoworkin.com.

Employers complete a questionnaire and employees fill out an anonymous engagement and satisfaction survey. All companies that apply will receive a thorough report analyzing strengths and opportunities for improvement in their workplace culture.

The Best Companies Group, which oversees similar programs in other states and large cities, is responsible for the selection process.

The selected companies will be honored on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Best Places to Work awards dinner at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Winners will also be recognized via a special supplement to the Indiana Chamber’s bimonthly BizVoice® magazine and through Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick – both of which reach statewide audiences.

Program partners with the Indiana Chamber and BizVoice® areInside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, the Best Companies Group, HR Indiana SHRM and Wellness Council of Indiana.

The Best Places to Work in Indiana dinner sponsor is Ivy Tech Community College; platinum sponsor is Moser Consulting; silver sponsors are Human Capital Concepts and Smithville. Additional sponsorships are available by contacting Tim Brewer at [email protected] or call (317) 496-0704.

Top Best Places to Work in Indiana winners for 2018 in the small, medium, large and major categories were: Bloomington-based Hanapin Marketing; technology consulting firm E-gineering of Indianapolis; Blue 449, an Indianapolis-based open source media company; and investment firm Edward Jones, with branch offices throughout the state.