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Congressman Carson helps secure grant to reduce unemployment

Oct 15, 2014
Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS - Today, Congressman André Carson announced that EmployIndy is the recipient of an $8.3M grant on behalf of the Department of Labor to help reduce long-term unemployment in the region. The grant which runs through 2018, will create Employ Up, a program designed to train Hoosiers in STEM-related skills in an effort reduce the need for H-1B visas. 

In July, Congressman Carson wrote a letter of support to the Department of Labor in support of the grant request and expressing his thanks for the good work being done by EmployIndy.

“This funding is critical for unemployed Hoosiers to begin receiving the specialized skills and education needed to pursue a career in STEM/technical occupations,” said Carson.  “The City of Indianapolis and the larger Marion County area have seen tremendous growth in technical industries, including information technology and healthcare.  These two industries account for over 21,000 job openings per year, a large number of which are being filled by foreign workers through the H-1B visa program, instead of our local residents.”

“With 80 percent of STEM-related occupations requiring some form of post-secondary certification or degree, we cannot ask our area employers to hire local residents unless we have a pipeline to supply them with the qualified talent they require,” said Brooke Huntington, president and CEO of EmployIndy.  “Employ Up will target a population that has had difficulty re-engaging in the workforce and provide them with pathways to successful careers in industries that will continue to grow and drive our region’s growth into the future.” 

The Employ Up program will begin in April 2015, and will serve residents with a combination of assessment, training, and employment services.