BizVoice: Read the Current Issue to Find Out …

The March-April edition of BizVoice magazine is in the mail and available online. Among the top stories:

  • Straight talk from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. It’s refreshing to hear him say there needs to be a shift from "How do we get more money for K-12 education?" to "How do we get more education for our money?"
  • The challenges and opportunities brought on by the growth of Ivy Tech Community College
  • A report that provides a path to meeting major workforce development needs and a Chamber program (Ready Indiana) that connects employers with training providers
  • A community focus on South Bend

We’re fortunate to have a talented team putting together this award-winning publication. Check it out.

Preparing Adults for a Brighter Future

The title of this post also served as the subtitle of an Indiana Chamber study released earlier this year titled Indiana’s Adult Education and Workforce Skills Performance Report.

There are many Hoosiers with a vested interest in overcoming the challenges — such as 651,000 workers with no college education and earning less than a living wage.

Two names at the top of that list of interested parties are Thomas Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College, and Teresa Voors, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Snyder and Voors, along with Mark Lawrance (a Chamber senior vice president who oversaw the study in his role as head of the Chamber Foundation) are taking the message around the state. Audiences in Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne and South Bend have heard about the needs, what the state is already doing well and how public and private sector leaders are working together to craft additional solutions.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and the South Bend Tribune report on the recent visits to their communities. Gary and Indianapolis are among the upcoming stops.

Contact Lawrance to learn about the study and what many are saying is the No. 1 long-term challenge facing our state.