ELKHART — It’s not news that Elkhart County has a shortage of talented workers.
Most communities in the United States have the same problem.
What makes the community unique is how people are coming together to talk about solutions.
A press event on Thursday highlighted the nearly $9.5 million that is flowing to Elkhart and St. Joseph counties to help with advanced manufacturing, training and apprenticeships.
Usually money will get parties who don’t agree to come to the table. In Elkhart County, they’re already there and they aren’t blaming each other for how we got here.
Speaker after speaker touted how business and education are coming together here and how it’s paying off.
- Elkhart County is now one of 24 counties nationally to be named a “talent hub” by Lumina Foundation. That comes with a $275,000 grant.
- A $3.2 million grant is being awarded from a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor/Jobs for the Future.
- A $1.7 million Skill UP Indiana! Grant is the largest of the 11 in the state (and includes Marshall and St. Joseph county efforts) to help students and adults learn advanced manufacturing.
- $4.3 million has been given to the Horizon Education Alliance (HEA) over the past six years from local sources for the effort.