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Emaus, Arredondo on New Works Council

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September 18, 2013 — When Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced the Chairs and members of the Indiana Regional Works Councils today, he included leaders from NIPSCO and Lakeshore Public Media.

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) Training Manager Kristin Emaus will lead the Indiana Region 1 Works Council, which includes Lakeshore Sports Director Joe Arredondo.

Pence says, “Our administration remains committed to making career and vocational education a priority in every high school in Indiana.  I welcome the individuals named today to the Indiana Regional Works Councils, a key initiative in making this goal a reality. The caliber, leadership, and breadth of experience of the members, as well as the great Hoosier companies they represent speaks volumes about the interest, passion and tremendous need for increased collaboration among business and education in order to best prepare Hoosiers for the demands of the workforce and to place them on a pathway to success. ”

Pence’s office says the Indiana Regional Works Councils were created by a measure which the Governor signed into law in April.  The legislation specifies that, “each Council will bring educators and employers together to evaluate and develop career and technical education that meets the demands of employers in each region.  Each Council is responsible for preparing and submitting a comprehensive evaluation of the available career, technical and vocational education opportunities for high school students in its region to the Governor and the Education Roundtable by November 1, 2013.”

The Governor’s announcement says Emaus “has worked at NIPSCO for 34 years in human resources, labor relations, and training capacities, played a key role in implementing Indiana Energy Consortium, a partnership of major utilities and Ivy Tech Community College, which created three energy disciplines to increase the success rate of incoming energy workers and workforce development.  She serves on the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, the Northwest Indiana Ivy Tech Regional Advisory Board, and is an active member of WIB Youth Council.”

A complete list of Indiana Works Councils members by region is at www.in.gov/ceci/2345.htm.

 

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