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New program aims to get Hoosiers back on their feet

$50 million in federal funding for the initiative
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Posted at 10:43 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 16:59:37-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric Holcomb is announcing a new initiative to help Hoosiers, communities and businesses get back to work and connected to the resources that can help people move forward during the pandemic.

It's called "Rapid Recovery for a Better Future," and is centered on helping people find jobs, assess and grow their skills, and get the support they need to get back on their feet.

“People are our state’s most valuable resource and they are what define Indiana as a great place to live, work and grow. It is critical that our state is not only providing these services but actively helping people get connected so they take that next step to a better future,” Holcomb said.

The Rapid Recovery initiative focuses on helping Hoosiers:

  • Learn about options and connect to relevant, simple and real-time job, career, skill and educational resources and funding for personal advancement. An on line hub, YourNextStepIn.org [yournextstepin.org], provides connection and one-on-one support for Hoosiers at the touch of their fingertips. A comprehensive outreach network will share the state’s resources with Hoosiers from community leaders, pastors or other faith leaders and employers.
  • Connect to opportunities with the assistance of career coaches and navigators to empower Hoosiers to assess and develop their skills and gain better understanding of job needs and opportunities.
  • Take the next step and advance their careers with convenient access to accelerated programs and credentials that value prior learning and experiences, such as the Workforce Ready Grant and Ivy Tech’s Rapid Recovery [ivytech.edu] program—which will provide free courses and training for 10,000 Hoosiers.

Much of the initiative is funded by $50 million from the federal government.