LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo will become the state’s first Secretary of Career Connections and Talent.
It's the next phase of the state's SkillUp program, which aims to help localize training efforts for an estimated one million job openings in the next decade.
Conexus Indiana will partner with five big Indiana firms to run a new vet-focused jobs site that could eventually expand to other industries.
Indiana lags in training enough workers to fill thousands of open manufacturing jobs – and some say reforms passed this year won't help fix that fast enough.
It's promising news for Indiana factories where many skilled, long-time workers are nearing retirement.
The legislature allocated enough money last year to fund two initiatives, but the governor chose three recipients.
IDWD spokesman Joe Frank says the state has gained nearly 14,000 manufacturing jobs and 50,000 total private sector jobs in the past two years.
The federal government benefits up to 63 weeks have not been renewed for 2014.
The $5 million will be used for job training and a program offering free career certifications and high school equivalency degrees.
Officials are working on guidelines to spot those students while they are still in high school.