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Commissioner Scott B. Sanders, Indiana Department of Workforce Development (left) presents this award to Steve Mackey of Cummins, Inc. / Photo courtesy: Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development
Cummins, Inc. and Steve Mackey, Southern Indiana Placement Services - Learning and Development Leader, were recently recognized at the 2013 WorkINdiana Summit in Indianapolis for their partnership as an employer of WorkINdiana certification holders.
Officials with Indiana Workforce Development say Mackey generously donated his time to present valuable, much-needed information about the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) certification to the Adult Education community. Teachers and administrators were excited to share the real-world materials and information that he provided with their Adult Education students.
On a local level, Cummins, Inc., and specifically Mackey's department, sponsored a WorkOne-WorkINdiana cohort last year. Students who earned their certification were given the opportunity to participate in exploratory interview with Cummins, Inc. One individual was hired at Cummins, Inc. and another found alternate employment.
Cummins, Inc. and Steve Mackey are highly commended for their partnership with East Indiana WorkOne centers and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Employer partnerships such as this are critical to the success of the WorkINdiana program across the state by providing alignment between training and employer needs which, in turn, provides WorkINdiana students with career opportunities.
WorkINdiana is an essential component of Indiana's career pathway system. The program allows Hoosiers to obtain their GED and work toward an academic and industry-recognized certification simultaneously to ensure that individuals are ready to enter in-demand occupations or postsecondary programs.
Before WorkINdiana enrolled its first student in 2011, research showed more than 900,000 Hoosiers did not have the necessary skills to succeed in today's workforce. WorkINdiana was created to more effectively raise the skill level of the adult population that the Hoosier workforce demands. To date, WorkINdiana has enrolled a total of 1,066 students through local WorkOne centers. Of those students, roughly 81 percent have completed a WorkINdiana training program and 72 percent have earned a certification.
"We want to thank both Cummins, Inc. and Mr. Mackey for their commitment to the WorkINdiana program," Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said. "By participating in this program, Cummins, Inc. sets an example of looking for a quality workforce right here in Indiana."
If you would like to learn more about WorkINdiana visit http://www.workoneworks.com/ and click on "Job Seekers" then "WorkINdiana."
Last Updated: Monday, September 09, 2013 7:20:21 AM
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