With a portion of the workforce challenge being the need to educate young people about future career opportunities, a new resource is being made available to employers and their local partners.

The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is offering two types of Local Career Coaching Grants to encourage communities to come together and create a sustainable system for the delivery of career information. Each application group must contain a representative from four categories: employers, K-12 education, postsecondary education and community-based organization.

There are two opportunities for funding. The first is a planning grant, which enables communities to organize and map out resources already available locally and provide a strategy for advancing career counseling. Planning grants last for one year and can be up to $10,000.

Implementation grants are made available to groups that have conducted planning sessions and created a delivery system but may need more help to address the career coaching deficit in the community. There are no set amounts for these grants

Applicants who are awarded a planning grant will then be eligible to apply for an Implementation grant upon completion. The Local Career Coaching Grants will last for up to three years.

The deadline for the first round of grants is Aug. 1. Applicants will be notified of awards on Aug. 15. Click here to learn more.

STEM Focus in Latest Chamber Podcast

Danielle Shockey has two decades of public education experience and is in her second year as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. The two factors are coming together with the recent announcement of the organization being a program partner in an all-girls school focused on STEM education. It’s a natural combination.

The Girl Scouts have a rich STEM history and an ever-growing STEM focus. Our state and country have a desperate need for more young girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become professionals with careers in those industries. Shockey shares how the idea originated, the reactions that have been received and next steps in our EchoChamber podcast.

Resource: Jason Bearce at (317) 264-6880 or email: [email protected]