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Mega Workforce Bills Still Need Work; High School Diploma Measures Pass

Mega Workforce Development Bills Switch Sides – Still Need Some Work Bill # and Title: SB 50 – Workforce Development: Career and Technical Education Author: Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) Summary: Establishes the College and Career Funding Review Committee. Requires the review committee to study certain issues and to submit a report to the Governor and Legislative Council concerning the [...]

2018-02-09T14:19:43+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

Chamber, Wellness Council Team With Governor to Assist Employers in Battling Opioid Epidemic

It’s official! The Indiana Chamber and Wellness Council of Indiana are joining forces with Gov. Eric Holcomb and his administration in its effort to combat the opioid epidemic. Today’s announcement: the Indiana Workforce Recovery initiative. The impact of drug abuse on Hoosiers, families and communities has been well documented. Those negative consequences of individual addiction have spread to the [...]

2018-02-09T13:23:39+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

Mega Workforce Bills Significantly Amended; High School Diploma Measures Nearing Floor Votes; Teacher Licensure Measure Has Issues But Includes Chamber-supported Language

Workforce Development Bills Significantly Amended Bill # and Title: SB 50 – Workforce Development: Career and Technical Education Author: Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) Summary: Establishes the College and Career Funding Review Committee. Requires the review committee to study certain issues and to submit a report to the Governor and Legislative Council concerning the results of the study. Provides that [...]

2018-02-02T13:37:20+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

Workforce Development Bill Comes Into Spotlight in the Senate

Bill # and Title: SB 50 – Workforce Development: Career and Technical Education Author: Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) Summary: Establishes the Pell Grant Review Committee to study the requirements for the award of a Pell grant. Provides an income tax credit to an individual who relocates to Indiana to accept employment with an Indiana employer in a high demand, [...]

2018-01-26T14:41:08+00:00 January 26th, 2018|

Computer Science Bill Moves to Senate Floor; Employability Skills and Work Ethic Certificate Legislation Well Received; and Other Education Updates

Computer Science Bill Moves to Senate Floor    Bill # and Title: SB 172 – Computer Science Curriculum Author: Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) Summary: Establishes the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants, after June 30, 2019, to eligible entities to implement teacher professional development programs for training in teaching [...]

2018-01-26T14:32:25+00:00 January 26th, 2018|

Chamber Priority Bill on Computer Science Clears Senate Committee; House Workforce Bill Gets First Hearing; Competency Based Education Legislation Moves to Ways and Means

Chamber Priority Bill on Computer Science Clears Senate Committee Bill # and Title: SB 172 – Computer Science Curriculum Author: Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) Summary: Establishes the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants, after June 30, 2019, to eligible entities to implement teacher professional development programs for training in [...]

2018-01-19T14:51:48+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Chamber Talks Workforce Needs, Impact of Opioid Addiction and Smoking

Three big issues expected to be debated in the General Assembly in the coming days and weeks are workforce needs, the opioid crisis and smoking rates. We’ve done so well recently from an employment standpoint that we've almost outstripped our ability to hire skilled workers since unemployment is so low in the state. It’s clear we need to raise [...]

2018-01-05T13:15:55+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Talks Workforce Needs, Impact of Opioid Addiction as 2018 Legislative Session Begins

(INDIANAPOLIS) — As the 2018 General Assembly gets underway, the Indiana Chamber is highlighting three big issues expected to be debated in the coming days and weeks: workforce needs, the opioid crisis and smoking rates. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar says, “We’ve done so well recently from an employment standpoint that we've almost outstripped our ability to hire [...]

2018-01-03T12:49:07+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|

Education and Workforce Development: Chamber in Favor of New Graduation Requirement Approved by State Board

This week, the Indiana State Board of Education approved new, more rigorous high school graduation requirements for Hoosier students. The vote came following more than six hours of testimony. This took place after the Indiana General Assembly requested that the State Board find alternative paths for students to graduate, in order to address the issue of students being unprepared [...]

2017-12-08T14:00:08+00:00 December 8th, 2017|