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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Workforce Coalition Sees Success With Largest Graduating Class

BEDFORD, IN: After three weeks of technical and employability skills training, twelve Lawrence County residents became the eighth (and largest) graduating class of the Lawrence County Introduction to Local Jobs and Skills program.

Each participant now has a clear path to their “next step,” whether it involves completing their High School Equivalency (at no cost), Next Level Jobs training (at no cost), a job/career, or a combination of these.

Through this process coordinated by the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council’s (LCEGC) Workforce Coalition, students were able to decide on paths of Construction, Machining, and Welding.

Six participants chose to test for an American Welding Society Qualification in Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) and all six passed their test!

All participants were also able to learn about Health & Safety careers and receive certification in CPR, first aid, and Stop the Bleed. A portion of the participants will be continuing their education with the Lawrence County Adult Education program to

obtain their High School Equivalency Diplomas (HSE). A few intend to enroll in Indiana’s NextLevel Jobs program as they’ve shown interest in advancing on to construction, machining, and welding careers.

“This program is a culmination of discussions with employers and community stakeholders throughout the past three years,” says LCEGC Director of Career Development, Joe Timbrook.


“We know there is a large population of residents in Lawrence County that, with some training, could fill the current increasingly high employment openings we see with our

local and high-demand jobs.”

“We’d like to thank our sponsors, Lawrence County Community Foundation and Duke Energy; our partner, North Lawrence Career Center; with special thanks to our instructors, Brad Gilbert, Matt Olson, David McCart, and Arienne Evans for supporting this effort,” says Timbrook. “This program is life-changing and it’s been humbling to witness; however, none of it would have been possible without this community of invested stakeholders coming together to make it happen.”

Proud sponsor of the Lawrence County Zephyr

As a result of the success, The Lawrence County Workforce Coalition is currently accepting students for the next cohort The ideal student is a Lawrence County resident not yet earning a living wage.

If you are interested in participating in the program, or an employer interested in conducting interviews and/or getting involved, please contact Joe Timbrook at 812-583-1095 or

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