INVestEd

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Today:  Bill Wozniak, the vice president of marketing with INvestEd, Indiana's non-profit financial aid literacy and student loan organization, is with us to talk about the next opportunity for students, families and individuals seeking a change of career through postsecondary education to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  He explains the form, why it is so important and how the coronavirus pandemic's changed the way they help Hoosiers find grants and other financial sources.   From Ivy Tech Community College Lake County: vice chancellor for academic affairs Margaret Semmer, vice chancellor for enrollment Keisha White and workforce consultant Dee Dee White talk about the next series of eight-week-long courses for IVTC students.  And Valparaiso University psychology professor Amanda Zelechoski explains her newest project -- a website fueled by COVID-19 titled "Pandemic Parenting."

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Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte talks to INVestEd's Bill Wozniak from Indianapolis to talk about the FAFSA deadline, student loan suspension as well as unemployment reskilling during the COVID-19 crisis. He offers guidance needed to complete the application for financial aid as well as tips on taking advantage of Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program to fund career training and find gainful employment.

Crossroads Chamber of Commerce

Today:  Lake Area United Way is continuing in its mission to help low-income Lake County residents with the services and assistance they need the most --including adequate child care for working families -- with a collaboration with Methodist Hospitals to create a new child care center at the hospital's Northlake campus in Gary.  Lisa Dougherty, the president and CEO with the United Way, is with us to talk about the "child care desert"  issues, the new project and the financial help they received from Early Learning Indiana to make it happen.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC, and this one focuses on the Indiana Toll Road's sustainability programs.  Bill McCall with ITR is with host Carl Lisek.  And we bring back our conversations with Merrillville-based Cimcor chiel executive Robert Johnson III about cybersecurity concerns, and with Bill Wozniak of INVestEd about a recent Indiana study on higher education expenses.

Indiana University Northwest

Today:  The chair of the search committee, IUK Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesceke, is on "Regionally Speaking" to explain the process of seeking applicants for the impending vacancy in the Indiana University Northwest chancellor's office, and about the four finalists for the position.  They all will come to the Gary campus to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members (one is already on campus for his visit)  Chancellor William Lowe is stepping down effective July 31st and intends to return to teaching.  We talk with IUN staffers Nico Casas and Cindy Szmanski about today's screening of the biopic "Eva A-7063" in the Savannah Center on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day. INVestEd's Bill Wozniak joins us from Indianapolis to talk about the non-profit, its mission and of a new statewide study focused on student loans, their impact on the state economy and how employers and communities are helping those who are becoming part of the Indiana workforce of the 21st Century.  And Carl Lisek with South Shore Clean Cities talks about next month's Annual Sustainable Transportation Conference and Expo in Michigan City.

Penn State University

Today:  Joe Wood with INVestEd, a Hoosier non-profit that makes higher education possible for Hoosier families, joins us to talk about the organization and its more than 35 years of work, that includes helping set up college fairs and FAFSA events across the state.  The work includes financial aid literacy and lending support for college-bound students and their families.  The organization is setting up its first Indiana College Re-Fi Week, from January 29th to February 2nd to help Hoosiers reduce their college debt load.