US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh joins EmployIndy in youth workforce development discussion
24 June 2021 – United States Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh visited Indianapolis on Thursday, June 24th, 2021. Walsh joined in on a roundtable discussion over Youth Workforce Developments in Marion County. The discussion focused on innovative efforts from EmployIndy and employer partners, including the Modern Apprenticeship program and Talent Bound, EmployIndy’s work-based learning initiative that ensures Indy youth and young adults actively pursue integrated academic and career experiences that empower them to follow career pathways that lead to economic mobility and future prosperity.
Three Modern Apprenticeship apprentices, one opportunity youth apprentice, and one former JAG student joined Secretary Walsh on an interactive tour of 16 Tech Innovation District, a technology hub in downtown Indianapolis. The tour included a walkthrough of the newly-opened AMP building, Machyne, and 1776 as well as the Maker’s Space where the aforementioned young professionals were able to have one-on-one discussions with Secretary Walsh.
Following the tour, EmployIndy leadership, Angie Carr Klitzsch, Marie Mackintosh, and Rodney Francis joined local employers, educators, and thought leaders: Jamie Wright, Roche Diagnostics; Scott Davison, OneAmerica; De’Niece Harrison-Hudson, OneAmerica, Mike Langellier, TechPoint; IPS Superintendent, Dr. Aleesia Johnson; Beth Rovazzini, B & W Plumbing; Chris Lowery, Ivy Tech Community College; PJ McGrew, Governor’s Workforce Cabinet; and Stephanie Bothun, Ascend Indiana, for the roundtable discussion with Secretary Walsh.