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Nearly $16 million in Ready to Work Partnership grants for Indiana

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced today millions in grants apart of the "Ready to Work" partnership. Two Indiana employment agencies were on the list.

EmployIndy received $8.4M while the West Central Indiana Region 4 Workforce Investment Board received $7.5 million.

EmployIndy says its goal is to employ the long term unemployed from right here in our area to reduce local use for foreign workers. They will partner with employers in the technology and healthcare industry.

"Not just the education but the work experience that comes along with it. So it will allow us to assist with internships with paid work experience in these fields and career tracks as well as on the job training," said EmployIndy CEO, Brooke Huntington.

A strong focus will be on education, training, as well as getting Hoosiers into careers they can grow in.

"There's a lot of people that really want to work and really want to do things but they've just got a little bit of a hurdle to get over and having that kind of help will certainly help me and a lot of other people," said long term unemployed IT worker, Ronald Schnellbacher.

EmployIndy will roll out their programs under the name "Employ Up." The program will begin April 1, 2015 and plans to serve 800 residents with a combination assessment, training and employment services.

Services, outreach and employment partnerships will come in collaboration with local organizations including TechPoint, Apparatus, hc1.com, Interactive Intelligence, Ativio, IBM, RN/Allied Specialties and SmartIT.  For more information visit EmployIndy.org