INDIANAPOLIS, IN – EmployIndy, Marion County’s regional workforce development board, has received a grant totaling $81,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, coming just days after receiving $15,000 from UIndy’s Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) and the Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN). These awards come at the turn of a new fiscal year in which EmployIndy is launching a strategic plan designed to amplify the impact of workforce development initiatives in the most needed areas of Marion County.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grant represents one of 26 awarded to nonprofit organizations in Indiana during the first of two grant cycles this year. Funds will allow EmployIndy to create a new staff position whose role is coordination of training and development for workforce development service providers around Indy. This will provide more consistency across community organizations and help EmployIndy’s service provider network to leverage best practices for quality service to residents.
“Community-, faith-, and neighborhood-based organizations often have limited capability to manage federally funded contracts, and this grant will help bridge our guidance with their expertise in the community,” Marie Mackintosh, EmployIndy’s COO said.
The CELL/EWIN Education-Workforce Planning Grant will directly support a partnership between EmployIndy, Indianapolis Public Schools, Ivy Tech, the University of Indianapolis, American Senior Living, United Home Healthcare and Trilogy Health Services. It will fund the creation of a Health Sciences Career Academy within Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School and Longfellow STEM and Medical Magnet Middle School, designed to ensure IPS students are prepared for an in-demand career pathway upon graduation.
These awards fit within EmployIndy’s new strategic plan which places heavy emphasis on youth services and target impact areas in most need of workforce development support. “There are promising careers now and in the future for Indianapolis residents, and EmployIndy is part of a coordinated effort to ensure people in our city are skilled and prepared for these in-demand jobs,” said Mackintosh.
EmployIndy will be publicly launching their five-year strategic plan on August 16th alongside Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steven Braun.
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EmployIndy drives growth in Indianapolis by investing in innovative jobs-to-careers strategies that ensure ALL residents have access to employment and training services to gain the skills needed to enter into jobs, and ultimately careers, that Marion County employers have available. As the workforce development board for Marion County, guided by 21 business, civic, education and non-profit community leaders, EmployIndy invests $20 million in public, private and
philanthropic funds for both youth and adults annually.
About the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust was established upon the death of Nina Mason Pulliam in 1997 to support the causes she loved in her home states of Arizona and Indiana. The Trust seeks to help people in need, protect animals and nature, and enrich community life in metropolitan Indianapolis and Phoenix. Since its inception the Trust has distributed more than $283 million. For more information visit www.ninapulliamtrust.org.