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House Leaders Announce Bill To Create Indiana Career Council

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Gene Hack, director of C4 Columbus Area Career Connection, watches a commercial construction crew lay cement blocks for a dugout on Aug. 30, 2012. Students in the building trades program are working with professionals to build a new baseball stadium.

A bill backed by the leaders of both Indiana House caucuses would create the Indiana Career Council, a group tasked with training more Hoosiers to work in the manufacturing sector.

Democratic House Minority Leader Scott Pelath joined Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma in co-authoring legislation that aims to implement one of Governor Mike Pence’s campaign goals: to train more people, especially young people, for work in manufacturing.

Pelath says the career council will help drive the state’s economy by helping Hoosiers become qualified for high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs.

“Sometimes it’s not just about how the economy is moving, but its making sure the economy is moving in the right way,” he says.

Bosma says despite Indiana’s unemployment rate of around 8 percent, there are twice as many job openings in the state than unemployed workers.

“We have 2.4 jobs available for every unemployed person in the state, but they are in the science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing arena, and the folks who are unemployed, their skills don’t match their opportunities,” he says.

The council will be made up of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, along with representatives from both chambers of the legislature, as well as the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Secretary of Commerce, and Ivy Tech president Tom Snyder, among others.

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