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Indiana Career Council Receives Bipartisan Support

House Speaker Brian Bosma and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath are sponsoring a bill to bring together Indiana’s education and workforce development sectors.

Bosma and Pelath

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House Speaker Brian Bosma (left) and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath explain their vision for the Indiana Career Council on Jan. 24, 2013.

Legislative leaders say they are working in a bipartisan way to bring all the elements of Indiana’s education and workforce development sectors together to reduce the state’s unemployment in what would be called the Indiana Career Council.

Speaker Brian Bosma, who is a co-sponsor of the bill, says various entities like the state’s career and technical education districts, regional economic development organizations and Ivy Tech campuses and regions are often disjointed.

“So our goal, together, is to get all the elements of state government that are working on career development, job creation, workforce development at a single table to discuss, share data and set vision,” Bosma says.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, who is cosponsoring the bill, says the Career Council will involve more than connecting current unemployed Hoosiers with the skills they’ll need to get a job.

“We have a shared awareness of the job opportunities that are going to be available tomorrow and a year from now so people can start getting the skills that are needed to fit in with the trends of the workforce,” he says.

The Career Council bill will be heard in a House committee Tuesday.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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