Political Notebook


Indiana is one of 14 states chosen for training system to meet state’s economic needs

The National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices recently announced the selection of Indiana as one of 14 states to participate in its policy academy aimed at aligning education and workforce training systems to meet state’s economic needs.

As a designated recipient, Indiana will receive grants and opportunities from the NGA to further learn from state colleagues and national experts, as well as 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,” said Gov. Mike Pence.

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; and
  • modifying the use of resources and incentives to support attainment of the integrated vision.