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Teachers and Talent Get Top Billing

By Jason Bearce, vice president of education and workforce development * PDF version available for printing * With strong backing from the Indiana Chamber, state lawmakers doubled down on proposals aimed at better retaining Indiana’s classroom teachers, skilling up Hoosier workers and promoting closer alignment between the state’s education and employment sectors. Teachers Are Head of the Class … [...]

2019-05-15T10:50:17-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Chamber Scores Many Victories for Members; Legislators Fail Completely on One Front

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO * PDF version available for printing * As you read this 2019 Final Legislative Report, you will find a myriad of substantive victories recorded by the Indiana Chamber’s advocacy team in every key issue area but one. Despite continued public and private pressure, legislators again ignored common sense smoking reforms despite evidence of [...]

2019-05-15T10:45:48-04:00May 15th, 2019|

BizVoiceExtra: Point of Pride

The (motivational) writing is on the wall in a room at Goodwill Commercial Services (GCS) in Indianapolis. It bears inspiring inscriptions from graduates of New Beginnings, a six-month program that combines on-the-job experience and classroom training for ex-offenders. “I put my quote up there on that wall (on graduation day in 2018),” forklift operator Greg Perry reveals during a [...]

2019-04-22T12:21:54-04:00April 22nd, 2019|

Priority Chamber Bills Focused on Education and Workforce Alignment Hit Roadblock

House Bill 1404 (School Accountability) and Senate Bill 420 (Workforce Development) failed to make it through the third reading deadlines in both houses this week. The former urged the State Board of Education to include “postsecondary outcome” measures like student enrollment in postsecondary education/training programs and completion of industry-recognized credentials in the state’s A-F school accountability system as a [...]

2019-04-19T13:47:41-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Workforce Development, Career and Technical Education, Accountability Measures Take Next Steps

Senate Bill 420 (Workforce Development), authored by Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond), was amended and passed unanimously by the House Education Committee this week. The amended bill allows for the creation of industry collaboration organizations (ICOs), which would be eligible to receive state grant funds and matching donations from local industry that: 1) strengthen and align career coaching and navigation [...]

2019-04-12T14:11:15-04:00April 12th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Latest on Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance and Nurse Licensure Compact Bills

House Bill 1002 (Career and Technical Education Matters), authored by Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), cleared the full House unanimously 99-0 on Tuesday. This Chamber priority bill takes various approaches aimed at educating more Hoosiers in the jobs demanded by today’s employers. House Bill 1062 (Unemployment Matters), authored by Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), passed the House Employment, Pensions and Labor [...]

2019-02-01T13:55:12-04:00February 1st, 2019|

Top Story: Quick Hits on Workforce Development, State Superintendent and Nurse Licensure Compact Bills

The Indiana Chamber testified in support of two priority education and workforce development bills this week: House Bill 1002 (Career and Technical Education Matters), authored by Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), takes various approaches aimed at educating more Hoosiers in the jobs demanded by today’s employers. In testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, Chamber President Kevin Brinegar relayed [...]

2019-01-18T15:40:42-04:00January 18th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Announces Top Legislative Priorities for 2019

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  The Indiana Chamber of Commerce wants the state Legislature to take the next steps in skilling up the workforce and fast track a water plan for the state. These priorities were among those announced today at the business organization’s annual legislative preview in Indianapolis, where General Assembly leaders also took part in a panel discussion looking ahead [...]

2018-11-19T13:33:08-04:00November 19th, 2018|

Indiana Joins U.S. Chamber’s New Education and Workforce Initiative

The Indiana Chamber is one of 35 state and local chambers chosen to take part in a new national program aimed at addressing critical education and workforce issues. Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Leads Fellowship Program will train and equip participants with resources, national expertise and a network of peers to build their capacity to [...]

2018-09-28T12:48:01-04:00September 28th, 2018|

Chamber Announcements: Jason Bearce Named New VP for Education and Workforce Development; Apply Now for Best Places to Work in Indiana Program

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 [...]

2018-08-27T13:35:37-04:00August 27th, 2018|