By Shannon Elward, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

In less than a month, we’ll be entering a new decade. For a lot of people, that means celebrating the possibilities ahead and creating goals for the future. If one of your goals is to start—or finish—a college degree or certificate, there’s never been a better time.

Indiana is committed to making sure its citizens are equipped for the changing workforce of the 21st Century. That’s why Next Level Jobs was created—to help Hoosiers afford the education and training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Eligible residents can get a high-value certificate, tuition free, in 5 high-demand areas. That means while you may have to pay for some things, like books and supplies, your out-of-pocket costs should be low.

To qualify, you should:

  • Be an Indiana resident and U.S. Citizen (or eligible resident)
  • Have a high school diploma (or equivalent) but no college degree
  • Enroll in any qualifying training program at Ivy Tech, Vincennes University, or another eligible training provider

Many programs have start dates in January, so now is a great time to do some research and talk to admissions representatives who can help you get enrolled today. To make it even easier, you can fill out a quick form on the Next Level Jobs website to be connected with education and training providers near you.

The grant covers training in one of five fields. Here’s what they are…

  • Advanced Manufacturing: Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.
  • Building & Construction: Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.
  • Health & Life Sciences: Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.
  • IT & Business Services: Building linkages in IT occupations framework: for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. Planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy.
  • Transportation & Logistics: Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Learn more about these industries and qualifying programs here.

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