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Today:   Indiana University Northwest Chancellor Ken Iwama is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the university in 2020 and a look ahead to 2021. He reviewed the response to the COVID pandemic and its impact on higher education.  Side Effects Public Media's Farah Yousry has a report about the lengths that some diabetics will go, to make sure they have the insulin they need to stay alive. And we bring back a conversation about a new addition to the LaPorte County Public Library's community services: a way to offer education that can lead to high-skilled, good-paying jobs.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on the Gary Community School Corporation renewed contract with MGT consulting, Indiana Department of Workforce Development is issuing a fraud alert to notify those who have filed for unemployment insurance benefits in 2020 that they need to protect their personal information from potential scammers and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Geminus Corp. Director of Program Development Nicholas Neal. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Indiana’s latest employment numbers are largely positive after the Hoosier private sector added jobs in November. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s latest employment numbers are largely positive after the Hoosier private sector added jobs last month.

But the state also continued a long stretch during which its unemployment rate failed to improve.

The Indiana private sector filled 2,800 jobs last month, principally in the manufacturing sector. And November marks five consecutive months private employment grew.

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Today:   Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talked to the President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, Heather Ennis, about the region-wide plan that the agency is working on -- an economic develoipment "playbook," of sorts. 

Federal labor officials have approved Gov. Eric Holcomb’s waiver request for his reconstituted workforce cabinet.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signs workforce bills with Indiana lawmakers and other state lawmakers and business leaders. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed both workforce development bills passed during the 2018 session into law Wednesday.

"It’s addressing the needs of yes the employers, but of our citizens," says Holcomb. "That’s the why we are doing this. We are addressing the needs of the people of the State of Indiana.”

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Though workforce development was perhaps the highest-priority issue for Gov. Eric Holcomb in this year’s legislative session, some are not sold on the two key pieces of legislation passed by Wednesday night’s deadline.

Legislative leaders say both chambers have reached agreement on legislation to address Indiana’s workforce development issues.

The measures will begin taking steps this year as the legislature prepares to implement the bulk of its workforce efforts in next year’s budget.

Some of the legislation’s provisions will get underway in 2018. That includes expanded eligibility for student workforce grants and money for employers, says House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

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Today:  Ivy Tech Community College just unveiled its new five-year strategic plan, and we asked statewide President Sue Ellspermann to review it and talk about the impact it will have on northwest Indiana.  The plan aligns with Indiana's goal to give 60-percent of the Indiana workforce a high-value post-secondary degree or credential by 2025.