4T Academy

High school pathway program designed to provide students an innovative learning experience that couples hands-on learning with on-the job training, all while preparing them for a successful and rewarding career. Created by collaborative partnership with Toyota Indiana, Purdue IN-MaC, Gibson County School Corporations and Ivy Tech.

Barrier Busting Funds

Funds are used to eliminate barriers individuals face to gain employment.

Example: steel-toed boots, legal fees, licensures, eyeglasses, childcare costs, utility bills, library fees (to be able to visit the library), vehicle repairs, High School Equivalency testing fees

Business Services

Department of Board which works with employers and full workforce ecosystem to promote strategies and solutions to workforce needs.

DOL Registered Apprenticeships

Business Services aids the employer in registering apprenticeship programs and serves as the liaison between DOL and the employer.

Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)

The Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program is a state-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to helping high school students of promise who have experienced challenging or traumatic life experiences achieve success through graduation.

STEM Challenge

An event for high school students where nine companies create challenges, relevant to the industry, centered around critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. Students form teams of four and compete for cash prizes; the top three in each challenge, the top three overall, and teamwork/communication awards earn the students cash. The event is located at Oakland City University campus. Educators are encouraged to get their students involved.


Chapter of Indiana Federation of Adv. Manufacturing Education (FAME); Earn and Learn model for industrial maintenance positions. Students complete coursework to earn Advanced Manufacturing Technician Associate degree (at VU in Region 11). Participating employers: AmeriQual, Berry Global, Hershey (located in IL), TBIN, and Toyota.

Teacher Manufacturing Bootcamp

Educators are immersed in four manufacturing facilities over a two-week period to learn the principles of manufacturing and learn about careers within the industry. Educators are paid a stipend and receive professional growth points.

Tour of Opportunity

Students tour area companies to learn about types of occupations, required skills, and credentials. Tours last approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, and students rotate to three companies in the day. Tour of Opportunity has launched in nearly all nine Region 11 counties. Educators may reach out to receive business contacts for touring opportunities available in the region

WorkOne Southwest

WorkOne offices provide re-employment services including basic resume, job search, and interviewing workshops as well as intensive case managed, one-on-one employment assistance. Intensive services are provided to individuals who are eligible based on WIOA (restrictive) funds. Eligible individuals may receive tuition assistance for eligible training programs if needed to gain employment.