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Indiana Joins Other States Aligning Education, Workforce Needs

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August 25, 2o14 —

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is one of 14 states that will participate in a National Governor’s Association projected aimed at aligning education and workforce training systems to meet local economic needs.

As part of the program, Indiana will receive grants and opportunities to further learn about issues from state colleagues and national experts. The state will also receive technical assistance from the NGA Center for Best Practices.

“We were the first state in the country to create a specific agency to jointly coordinate our education and workforce efforts a year ago, and the interest from other states has been high in understanding our models and initial work plans,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a prepared statement.

The policy academies are designed to assist states in:

  • Articulating and implementing a strong vision connecting the education and training systems with the needs of the economy;
  • Integrating and utilizing education and workforce data to inform policy, track progress and measure success;
  • Encouraging industry and education partnerships.
  • Modifying the use of resources and incentives to support attainment of the integrated vision

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