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Indiana PYs 2020-2023 Published Approved

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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

    • a. State Strategy Implementation

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include–

      • 2. Implementation of State Strategy

        Describe how the lead State agency with responsibility for the administration of each core program or a Combined Plan partner program included in this plan will implement the State’s Strategies identified in Section II(c). above. This must include a description of—

III. a. 2. F. Partner Engagement with Other Education and Training Providers

Describe how the State’s Strategies will engage the State’s other education and training providers, including providers on the state’s eligible training provider list, as partners in the workforce development system to create a job-driven education and training system.

Current Narrative:

While our institutions of higher education offer a wide-variety of credit-bearing opportunities, we also have non-credit options for individuals looking to upskill through a less traditional route. Indiana curates its Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) based on meeting one of three criteria: completion, job placement, and average wage. One way Indiana has merged other types of education and training programs is through partnerships between apprenticeships and our community colleges. Ivy Tech Community Colleges partner with registered apprenticeships to provide comparable college credits and confer degrees; Vincennes University works with non-unionized organizations to provide college credits and degrees for their registered apprenticeship programs. Indiana supports the connections between our community colleges and registered apprenticeships through allocating funds from the Unemployment Insurance Penalty and Interest fund. Based on the ETPL, our regional Workforce Development Boards spearhead the work and partnerships with local postsecondary trainers and partners to ensure Hoosiers are gaining the skills and knowledge necessary for career advancement.

For other education and training providers, we seek to further the following strategies:

  • Ensuring the transferability of learning and certifications where there are gaps among training providers, institutions of higher education, and employers, as well as in career-technical education courses in the K-12 space; and between the K-12 and higher education sectors, particularly for career technical education courses;
  • Developing a digital, easily-sharable student-owned record that stores information about the skills and knowledge learners earn over the course of their education and careers and pairing that with Credential Engine’s credential directory;
  • Encouraging institutions of higher education to develop processes for recognizing non-credit credentials and other types of prior learning as college credit that can transfer and counts toward postsecondary programs;
  • Redesigning career and employment services offered by training providers to support learners throughout their educational experience and connect them to relevant career opportunities;
  • Using predictive analytics to identify student needs and tailor individualized support to ensure student success; and
  • Increasing the number of employers partnering with education and training providers to develop “grow your own” programs for their employees.