When it comes to developing skills needed to find employment in Indiana, Hoosiers have many options. Whether earning a degree as an adult learner, obtaining a certificate to get a job in a high-demand field or building on military experience for work as a civilian, there are state resources available to help Hoosiers succeed in the workforce.
Adults who want to go back to school and continue their education face unique challenges. Balancing school work while having another job, family obligations and responsibilities can be complicated. Learn More Indiana is dedicated to helping adult learners succeed, and provides resources for childcare, choosing the best learning program based on individual needs, and obtaining financial aid specifically for non-traditional students. To take advantage of all that Learn More Indiana offers to adult learners, visit learnmoreindiana.org. 
In Indiana, the top-five growing fields are in advanced manufacturing, building and construction, IT and business services, health and life sciences, and transportation and logistics. Jobs in these fields typically offer higher wages and are expanding rapidly. With Workforce Ready Grants, Hoosiers can receive free training in order to get a job in these high-demand fields.
Workforce Ready Grants pay the tuition and mandatory fees for eligible high-value certificate programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University or other approved providers. The grant is available for two years and covers up to the number of credits required by the qualifying program. To apply for a grant and take the next step to an in-demand job, visit www.nextleveljobs.org.
Indiana is also pairing Hoosier veterans with employers throughout the state. With more than half of the 200,000 service men and women who leave the military each year facing a period of unemployment, we need to connect our highly skilled veterans with Indiana’s more than 85,000 open jobs. By visiting www.in.gov/veterans, those who bravely protected our country can build on the valuable skills they obtained while serving to obtain work as a civilian. Whether finding a job, receiving additional job training, taking advantage of the benefits offered to our veterans or receiving funds to cover expenses related to locating to Indiana, the Next Level Veterans initiative can help.
Our state’s strong economy and low unemployment rate present opportunities for more Hoosiers to skill-up and meet the demands of employers. Now is the time to take advantage of state resources provided to those who want to succeed and work in a high-demand field.
- Kathy Kreag Richardson is a Republican State Representative from District 29, which includes Noblesville, and has served in the legislature since 1992. She also is the elections administrator for Hamilton County. You may contact her at h29@in.gov