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2017 Partner Conference

On Friday December 1st, Vincennes University as our Region's One Stop Operator, planned and hosted the annual Partner Conference at the MCL Banquet Center.  The conference brought together service providers from our region to discuss recent updates and to network.

Workforce Development Board Executive Director Lisa Lee started the program by welcoming everyone and introducing our first guest speaker for the day, Indiana State Senator Jon Ford who represents Indiana District 38.  Senator Ford provided updates to the Governor's Workforce Plan. 

The group then heard updates from:

  • Rod Dowell - Ivy Tech and the Next Level Jobs program
  • Cindy Lydick - WorkOne services
  • Lora Rivera - Vocational Rehabilitation Services in our Region
  • Representatives from all of the Adult Education providers in our region

After lunch the group welcomed United Way Executive Director Richard Payonk. Richard provided a great talk about how United Way is evolving as an organization and how they are adapting their model to continue to provide resources to help solve problems in our community.

Nichelle Washington of the Hamilton Center gave an update to their programs and then introduced, Jessica Nevill as the final speaker of the day.  Jessica gave a presentation and discussion about the importance of managing change.  As organizations, we are all faced with change.  And as leaders, how we help our staff adapt to change is a key component of our continued success.  Jessica provided many examples and a lot of good ideas were shared.

Thank you to all who participated in this year's conference!

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Congressman Bucshon Hosts Job Fair

Congressman Larry Bucshon once again partnered with WorkOne to host a successful job fair on Wednesday, May 10th.

Held at the Hulman Center, the job fair provided the opportunity for job seekers to meet with 49 registered employers and discuss job openings.

Approximately 180 job seekers attended the job fair!.


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2017 WorkOne Awards

INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2017) – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and its WorkOne Career Centers hosted their biennial WorkOne Achievement Awards on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Statehouse. The ceremony recognized the success of Hoosier employees and employers who have received services through WorkOne. PPG Industrial Coatings and Natasha Trinkle of Terre Haute, Ind., were two of 22 recipients who received an employer award and an individual award, respectively. Both recipients were nominated for the award by their local WorkOne center.

PPG Industrial Coatings received a WorkOne Achievement Award for partnering with WorkOne to create employment opportunities for local Hoosiers.


PPG Industrial Coatings manufactures environmentally responsible products that use less energy and utilize better application processes. PPG offers industrial coatings that allow customers to reduce their hazardous air pollutants emissions. The company’s two facilities in Brazil, Ind., manufacture both powder and liquid coatings which are shipped all over the world. PPG uses WorkOne services to advertise job openings and to test candidates. The company has filled numerous positions throughout the last six years with the assistance of WorkOne employer services.

Pictured left is WorkOne Business Consultant Brad Trusler, PPG HR Director Jim Holtel, PPG HR Generalist Kelly Shillings and DWD Commissioner Steve Braun.

PPG Industrial Coatings


Natasha Trinkle received a WorkOne Achievement Award for overcoming several employment barriers and personal challenges, and for pursuing a better life for herself.

Accompanied by WorkOne Career Advisor Tina Kent, Trinkle is pictured with Commissioner Steve Braun.

Natasha Trinkle

Trinkle enrolled in WorkOne services in November of 2014 as an in-school youth. At the time, she was 21 years old, in her first semester of a Registered Nurse (RN) program and was homeless. Throughout her schooling, WorkOne helped Trinkle with tuition, books, uniforms, NCLEX testing and frequent mentoring and counseling. Trinkle graduated from the program, passed her NCLEX and saved enough money to put a deposit on an apartment. With a place to call home and working as an RN, Natasha is now on a path to a better life.

2016 Partner Conference

On November 18th WorkOne hosted our annual Partner Conference for Region 7.  The conference brings together representatives of local service providers to discuss the previous year and to share updates and information.

The conference is a great opportunity for everyone to network and learn more about the great work being accomplished in our region.  

Ellen Reeves of the United Way kicked off the event with a "smartie" activity.  The activity used smarties candy to represent a typical family income.  Participants had to determine how to best spend their smarties while dealing with additional emergency situations.  The activity drove home the choices that many of our customers have to make every day.

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This year's presenters were:

  • Vocational Rehabilition - Chris Austin
  • Ivy Tech Workforce Development - Sarah Thomas, Charlene Wright
  • WorkOne State Programs - Cindy Lydick
  • WIOA Program - Greg Lee
  • Adult Basic Education and WorkINdiana - Jeff Clutter
  • Employer Services - Brad Trusler, Kelly Shillings PPG Industrial Coatings
  • Communications - Kyla Krieg
  • Hamilton Center - William Little
  • AARP - Rod Vickers
  • United Way - Ellen Reeves
  • The WIOA Vision and System - Lisa Lee

After the presentations, the participants separated into teams and developed ideas for creating the ideal partner system.  The teams then presented their ideas to everyone for discussion.

Thank you to all of the participants in this year's conference and for all that you do for our region!

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RFP For Audit Services and Annual Tax Preparation 2016

Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board, Inc. d.b.a. Western Indiana Workforce Development Board, Inc. 

Request for Proposals:  Audit Services and Annual Tax Preparation

Covering the Period
July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016
July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Possible third year extension

Name: Mary Helen Weisheit
Title: Financial Officer
Entity: Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
d.b.a. Western Indiana Workforce Development Board, Inc.
Address: 630 Wabash Avenue, Suite 205
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Phone: 812-238-5616 Ext #3
E-mail: mweisheit@workforcenet.org

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