How Does It Work?
Skill UP! is designed to place IT focused individuals with regional employers utilizing a 3/2 work and learn model, informed heavily by the successful Vincennes University CAP program. The 3/2 model is designed to allow students to attend classes three days a week and work two days a week with an industry partner. During the first semester, students will receive a $1,500 scholarship for coursework leading to IT certification. Following successful completion of the first semester of coursework, students will receive soft skills training, in preparation for a successful 3/2 work and learn experience. During the work and learn experience, students will be paid $12/hour x 16 hours/week for 14 weeks. Industry partners will be required to supply a non-binding Letter of Intent to Hire, indicating that the industry partner fully intends to provide a job opportunity to the participant if they successfully complete the work and learn experience and the IT certification or degree program.
In late 2016, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) awarded Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) and its regional partners a $134,000 Skill UP Indiana! Grant. This grant is being used to create IT internship opportunities across multiple industry sectors in Southwest Central Indiana. The objective of these work and learn experiences is to establish a pipeline of highly qualified and work-ready IT professionals who are prepared to meet the current and growing industry demand for skilled IT talent across the region.
“In our discussions with regional industry partners, we’ve identified a strong need for IT, whether the company is a small advanced manufacturing firm, a national defense engineering contractor, or a multinational life sciences company,” said ROI Interim CEO Tina Peterson.
This project is one of 12 from across the state that was selected by the Indiana Department for Workforce Development providing a total of $7.7 million.
ROI’s partners include Jasper Engines and Transmission, Technology Service Corporation, Artisan Electronics, Tri Star Engineering, Hanapin Marketing, IU Health, Pro Bleu, Metal Technologies, Singota Solutions, and Warrant Technologies.