Kentuckiana Program Offers 3 Pathways to Credentials and Careers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As this city climbed out of the 2008 Great Recession, KentuckianaWorks, its regional workforce-development agency, took a new approach to training employees for local businesses: It started teaching people specific skills and awarding them credentials showing that they were superior candidates for entry-level work.

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Michigan college’s health care programs are proving to be a perfect prescription

JACKSON, Mich. — Katie Stiver, 34, spent a decade working in a long-term care facility, helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The care she provided was often the most fundamental: feeding, bathing, grooming. She thrived on the personal relationships she cultivated. “They still have so much to give, and they still […]

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Minnesota program shows students that plastic is fantastic

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — Today, Matthew Ellickson admits it unprompted: When he was a teenager, he goofed off in school. He didn’t think he could make it into a four-year degree program. “I started going to the tech school because I figured, ‘You know what? I’m not a very smart kid, I didn’t get good grades. Maybe I can go to a tech school and get a vocational degree.’

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

If you’re of a certain age — or if you just haven’t thought much lately about career preparation — you likely hold a simple, two-track view. Let’s call it an either-or view: Blue-collar or white. Working with your hands or with your head. College-educated or … not. For most of the 20th century, even most […]

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BobCaylor

The stories in this issue of Focus were reported and written by Bob Caylor, a journalist with more than 30 years of experience at newspapers in Minnesota, Ohio, and Indiana. At the News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was an award-winning columnist and editorial writer and reported extensively on business and environmental issues. He is now a writer and photographer for Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, as well as a freelance journalist and book editor.

Editing | David S. Powell
Editorial assistance | Ruth Holladay
Photography | Shawn Spence
Design | IronGate Creative
Video production | Angela Cain and Mike Jensen

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