MUNCIE — Ball Brothers Foundation has invited four local organizations to apply for funding in 2019 to address current and anticipated community workforce development needs.
The “Future of Work” funding opportunity comes as local manufacturers, K-12 school representatives and higher education institutions have been seeking opportunities to better collaborate, according to a release
“It is no secret that all across Indiana — and the country — major shifts are taking place related to workforce needs,” \BBF President and COO Jud Fisher said in the release. “We know that by 2025, there could be over one million job openings in Indiana due to retirements and new job creation. But we also know that employers in Delaware County have openings that are going unfilled today.
"It is critical to ensure that today’s job-seekers have the skills needed to fill these jobs and that employers have access to best-in-class training for their current employees. We also need to create pathways for students who will be entering the workforce in the coming years.”
Organizations invited to apply for “Future of Work” funding in 2019 are Ball State University, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Ivy Tech Community College and Sustainable Muncie Corp., the nonprofit entity that operates MadJax, Muncie’s downtown makerspace.