What’s next after high school graduation?

Many students throughout our community are graduating from high school, and these young adults are now faced with important decisions regarding their next steps.

While some have chosen to pursue a degree in higher education, others will immediately enter the workforce. Indiana offers a wide variety of helpful tools to guide those looking to gain skills and obtain a high-paying job.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is currently 3.6 percent, which is one of the lowest in the nation. For Hoosiers to compete for the best jobs, they must be prepared to enter a changing job market.

Through legislation I supported, Workforce Ready Grants are available to cover tuition costs for working adults pursuing a career in a high-demand field. These grants aim to grow and strengthen our state’s labor force by providing avenues for Hoosiers to earn credentials in high-wage jobs.

The grant pays the tuition and mandatory fees at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Those interested can pursue certificates in manufacturing, building and construction, health sciences, information technology and businesses technology, and transportation and logistics. Visit www.nextleveljobs.org to learn more.

The Next Level Jobs Initiative provides access to new resources to help employees secure additional training and certifications in pursuit of high-wage positions. Employers can also access additional tools to help fill positions in these high-demand fields.

By providing current employees with opportunities to grow in their career and build on their current skills, we can ensure Indiana remains one of the best states to live, work and raise a family.

I wish the class of 2019 all the best in their future endeavors. There are many opportunities to pursue rewarding careers within our community and state, and I hope these young men and women take advantage of them.

If I can ever be of assistance, please contact me at [email protected] or 317-232-9850.

State Rep. Steve Davisson, R-Salem, represents House District 73, includes Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.