Vocational training

Ivy Tech seeking millions to churn out more degrees

March 1, 2014
J.K. Wall
State leaders want twice as many Hoosiers earning post-high-school credentials by 2025 as there are today. And the only realistic way for the state to get there is for Indianapolis-based Ivy Tech to double its enrollment and double its graduation rates.
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Technical diploma bill headed to full Senate

February 26, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
A bill that would create a career and technical diploma for high school students passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
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Pupils learn to talk fast, sell well in auctioneering school

January 11, 2014
Sam Stall
Melissa Davis is a third-generation auctioneer and president of Reppert School of Auctioneering. She helps lead quarterly courses running 10 days straight.
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Young CEO has big plans for employee-training software firm

December 28, 2013
Dan Human
Upstart Lesson.ly, an Indy-based developer of training software, is run by a 25-year-old and is trying to cut into a $42 billion market dominated by titans such as IBM and Oracle.
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Ivy Tech to debut new academic model in 2014

December 15, 2013
Associated Press
Ivy Tech Community College is moving to an automated system to advise students about what classes they need each semester and eliminating their ability to enroll as "undecided."
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Lender to buy training firm Adayana in bankruptcy case

December 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Adayana Inc. received permission this week from U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis to sell the business to a secured lender in exchange for millions of dollars in debt.
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Pacers hire Disney to help upgrade service

November 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers recently entered a long-term contract with Walt Disney Co.’s Disney Institute, to polish customer service from top to bottom.
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Donnelly bill seeks employer role in worker training

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that his Skills Gap Strategy Act seeks to ensure the Department of Labor has a concerted strategy to address skills-gap issues.
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Celadon using free training to fight driver shortageRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The trucking firm launched its in-house truck-driving school a year ago to boost the supply of drivers and, executives hope, cut down on turnover, which is 98 percent per year at the company, mirroring the industry average.
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ACLU says prisons not complying with court order

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
A federal judge has ordered the Indiana Department of Correction to come to her courtroom Wednesday and explain its "precise plans" for improving the treatment of mentally ill prisoners.
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Pence praises 1st-year prison job-skills program

June 5, 2013
Associated Press
A program aimed at teaching and training prison inmates skills needed to get jobs when they are released has led to more than 600 people being employed in its first year.
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Local enrollment for culinary schools risingRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The surprising growth corresponds with the recent expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, and an explosion in the popularity of The Food Network and chef-centric programming. But don't expect to make a mint.
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Celadon says new driver-training facility to create 500 jobs

March 26, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Indianapolis-based trucking firm first announced plans for the driver-education center in January, but has since expanded the project and employment projections while seeking state incentives.
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Speedrome gains momentum with sponsorship deals

March 20, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
At a time when sports sponsorships in general and motorsports sponsorships in particular aren't easy to score, the 72-year-old Speedrome has announced five such pacts in the last month.
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Factory workers struggling to bounce backRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Dan Human
Thousands of Indiana’s rank-and-file factory workers have seen their earnings lose ground to that of white-collar workers. The gap has grown even as manufacturers expect their assembly-line workers to have more skills and more advanced education.
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Celadon receives incentives for $5.2M driving training center

January 16, 2013
The Indianapolis-based trucking carrier plans to build a $5.25 million driver-training center and add 182 jobs as part of its latest expansion at its east-side corporate campus.
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Ben Davis school boasts impressive graduation ratesRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Scott Olson
Seniors are earning their diploma while receiving a associate's degree.
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Money for counties key to Indiana penalty change

October 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are trying to find the money to help counties handle more low-level felons in work release and other local programs rather than send them to state prison.
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Manufacturers help schools fill training voidRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Dan Human
Manufacturers—bedeviled by an underskilled labor force—seek highly trained graduates. Career centers—struggling with funding cuts—seek support from companies so classes can keep operating.
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Fed grant to help female Indiana ex-cons

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
An Indianapolis not-for-profit is receiving a $1.5 million federal grant to provide job training and support services to girls or women who formerly were incarcerated.
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Business can train workersRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
The [April 2] article “Manufacturers prowling for skilled workers” highlighting the lack of trained workers for advanced manufacturing jobs underscores a critical need in Indiana—and throughout the nation.
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Chicago university buys Fishers beauty college

April 6, 2012
Illinois-based Tricoci University of Beauty Culture has acquired Honors Beauty College in Fishers and plans to expand into the Indianapolis area with as many as seven campus locations over the next four years.
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Manufacturers prowling for skilled workersRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Factories laid off droves of workers during the recession but now struggle to find tech-savvy employees during the recovery.
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Center for children to close, costing 134 local jobs

March 26, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A major provider of services to children with developmental disabilities and emotional challenges plans to cease operations in late May, resulting in the loss of 134 jobs. It hopes to reopen later this year as a center for adults, with as many as 200 employees.
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Hospitality industry embraces Second Helpings gradsRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Second Helpings—which rescues perishable food from grocery stores, hotels and restaurants and turns it into meals delivered to shelters and community centers—also teaches people the basics of food handling and preparation. Its free, 10-week training program boasts a job-placement rate of 85 percent to 95 percent within 30 days of completion.
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