Free job training available amid COVID-19

State Rep. Jim Pressel

State Rep. Jim Pressel is reminding local residents that free job training to qualifying Hoosers is available — an important resource, in light of the current pandemic.

“Many Hoosiers are out of work or find themselves with more time to invest in additional job training,” Pressel said. “Through a law I supported in 2017, Hoosiers without a two- or four-year degree wanting to skill up can apply for Workforce Ready Grants to receive tuition-free job training in one of Indiana’s high-demand fields. These industries include advanced manufacturing, building and construction, health and life sciences, IT and business services, and transportation and logistics.”

Pressel said Indiana residents can go online to and learn more about opportunities through Ivy Tech or Vincennes University to connect to local training resources and to a better-paying job.

Employers in these key industries can also benefit from the program, which offers employer training grants providing $5,000 for each employee who is trained, hired and retained for six months.

Hoosiers interested in Ivy Tech summer courses can enroll through June 8. Students can also register for the second round of Vincennes’ summer courses before July 2.

All courses will be offered online. For more information, go to

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