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Veterans in Indiana currently have a higher unemployment rate than the rest of the workforce. To try and combat this problem, the state, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and the Alcoa Foundation, is introducing a new program yesterday that will prepare vets for the job market.
The Get Skills To Work program offers skills training for veterans through Ivy Tech, and ensures them an interview with select companies from the Tri-State Manufacturing Alliance in Southwest Indiana.
Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says the program is starting at one Ivy Tech location and hopes it expands later.
“It is our intent to roll that program statewide, but it is beginning in Southwest Indiana where there has been a strong support by the Tri-State Manufacturing Alliance and large manufacturing firms there,” she says.
The program will be completely cost-free, and Ellspermann says that if a veteran’s GI bill won’t cover it, the Alcoa foundation will under-ride the cost by offering scholarships.
The program begins in January, and Ivy Tech Southwest is already accepting applications.
Ellspermann says Indiana will be just the second state to offer this kind of program to veterans.