Ivy Tech Community College Valparaiso campus

Photo provided

Today:   Bill Moreau, the co-founder of the Indiana Citizen Education Foundation and publisher of "The Indiana Citizen" online newsletter, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan platform that is dedicated to inceasing the number of Hoosiers engaged and informed about civic matters.  The "Citizen's" main topic right now is political boundary redistricting.  We also revisit our conversation with activist and film producer Peter Samuelsen, the organizer of a campaign to get 430,000 signatures on a petition to end for-profit foster care.  State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) is pushing state officials to stop ordering Hoosiers who received pandemic unemployment benefit checks to return the money.  We revisit the conversation, along with one with Ivy Tech Community College Valparaiso chancellor Aco Sikoski on the new courses offered this semester to prepare students for jobs in the growing broadband communications industry. 

Ivy Tech Community College

Today:  Ivy Tech Community College Valparaiso campus Chancellor Aco Sikoski is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the launch of a broadband SEAL program which will give students an opportunity to learn skills that can lead to new jobs in new technologies in fiber optics and related fields. Indiana state officials are promoting programs like this one, to boost high-tech employment in northwest Indiana.   The state of Indiana's Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship Certificates is recognizing the Ivy Tech program.  Afghanistan war combat veteran Dan Jarvis talks about his participation in a nonprofit that is dedicated to helping heal PTSD in veterans and first responders. He has personal experience with the disorder, and can relate to what returning Afghanistan veterans might be facing.  Elisabeth Menning with PFLAG Crown Point NWI tells us more about the local branch of the national organzation and the return of in-person "First Thursdays" meetings for families, friends, allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community.