GREG MORRIS: Advance your education and enhance your life

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morris-greg-commentary-2018-lgYou’ll find a copy of the 2018-2019 Career Ready magazine in this issue of IBJ. The publication is designed to provide help, support and resources for adult learners through information about Indiana colleges and universities, vocational education, financial aid, finding a job, company hiring and career advancement information.

Career Ready is published by IBJ in partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. This is our eighth year publishing the magazine.

In addition to the Career Ready resource guide, you’ll find a wealth of information and resources at the state’s IndianaCareerReady.com website. You can find more helpful information about the Indiana Department of Workforce Development at in.gov/dwd.

Indiana’s economy depends on Hoosiers who have completed education and training beyond high school. Obtaining a credential or degree means increased opportunities, higher earning potential and increased job security.

As we all know, not every student completes high school, moves on to complete a four-year college degree, then finds a good job and starts a rewarding career, in that order. Life circumstances, including lack of time and money, get in the way and well-intentioned thoughts of going back to get that degree, credential or training dissipate over time.

It’s never too late to get back on track. You’re never too old to learn, achieve and improve your position in life. Opportunity is everywhere if you’re ready to take advantage of it.

Whether you’re just starting to explore your options, or you have an idea of what’s next, many no-cost resources are at your disposal. In this issue of Career Ready, you’ll find information on how to choose a program that fits your needs and interests; how to create a plan to balance school, work and family—and where to go when unexpected circumstances strike; and how to pay for it all.

In addition to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development websites mentioned previously, here are a few more online resources to check out. Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Learn More Indiana is a partnership of state and local organizations working to help Hoosiers of all ages complete education and training beyond high school. Go to learnmoreindiana.org.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education website can be found at in.gov/che and from there be sure to explore the link provided for Share your Road by Roadtrip Nation. Everyone has a story about how they got to where they are today, and every story has valuable lessons to be learned. Here, you’ll find stories of hard-working Hoosiers who followed their aspirations to create fulfilling careers. Additionally, you are encouraged to share your own story so others can learn from your career path.

Special thanks to ICHE Commissioner Teresa Lubbers and staff for partnering with IBJ on Career Ready magazine, in addition to educational publications Next Indiana magazine, published for juniors and seniors in Indiana high schools, and Grad magazine, published for juniors and seniors in Indiana colleges and universities. And thank you to DWD Commissioner Fred Payne and staff for the partnership with Career Ready.

The opportunities are endless. The next move is yours.•

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Morris is publisher of IBJ. To comment on this column, send email to gmorris@ibj.com.

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