Ivy Tech’s Amber Ruszkowski Wins National Award

Amber Ruszkowski, department chair and associate professor for the School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain at Ivy Tech Community College South Bend-Elkhart, has been selected as the 2020 Associate Degree Award Recipient by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), according to a release. One individual in each region is chosen by the ACBSP for this award among all associate degree schools in the country.

Ruszkowski began her career with Ivy Tech in 2010 and has held a variety of roles including project manager/corporate trainer, academic advisor, and faculty member. She has achieved many accomplishments over the past few years, including earning a coveted position in Ivy Tech’s statewide teaching excellence training program and was named one of Michiana’s 40 Under 40 recipients by the South Bend Regional Chamber in 2019. Ruszkowski is described by her peers as caring, patient, supportive and inspiring.

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/ivy-techs-amber-ruszkowski-wins-national-award/

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RV Tech Institute Launches Website, Online Classes

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Apr 13, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News|

The RV Technical Institute (RVTI) launched a new website today, a key component of which is the opportunity for prospective students to register for online classes as part of the program’s Learning Management System (LMS).

RVTI announced April 8 it would begin offering the Level 1 training course online later this month. The online, interactive classes will be virtually taught by RV Technical Institute trainers through Zoom. The rollout of this new curriculum delivery system will allow RV technicians to continue to be trained and receive the only industry-wide certification while following appropriate social distancing guidelines.

The first online Level 1 class starts on April 20 and will be delivered in four-hour increments on a daily basis from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. As RVTI moves to this virtual setting, hands-on training remains a cornerstone of the brand-new curriculum. The hands-on labs will be demonstrated during the online instruction class and students will then perform these labs on their own.

Textbook support materials will be distributed electronically through the Institute’s LMS.

Class participants will be given two weeks to complete their certification testing (included in the $275 course fee) via an on-line system using Proctor U. Those who pass the test will then become RV Technical Institute Level 1 certified.

Additionally, the online test will be available to experienced RV technicians who choose to test after reviewing the Level 1 curriculum without participating in additional training. This will allow experienced RV technicians to use their existing knowledge and skills to obtain the Level 1 certification.

For questions, please visit www.RVTI.org or email RVTI-info@rvti.org.

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/rv-tech-institute-launches-new-website-online-classes/

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NextLevel Jobs: Employer Training Grant Update 3.19.2020

Effective March 19, 2020, the Department of Workforce Development is delaying the NextLevel Jobs: Employer Training grant until July.  They will continue to process reimbursements to employers completing training and will extend “Active” funding obligation agreements from nine to twelve months when applicable. 

On a case-by-case basis they will process current employer applicants in “Pending” status but will no longer accept new employer applicants.  DWD remains excited to move into NLJ 4.0 this summer and hope to do so in advance of July 1st

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IDEA Week Elkhart

An Innovation Festival
Here in Elkhart
April 4-10

Come. Dive in.

This April, join a celebration of innovation in the South Bend-Elkhart region that lets you LEARN, PLAY, MEET and COMPETE.

Geared toward EVERYONE. Whether you’re already a successful entrepreneur, a new student, or simply live for local events—discover YOUR way of experiencing innovation HERE.

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Wage & Benefit Survey 2018

Information in the following 2018 Wage & Benefit Summary is extracted from the 2018 Wage and Benefit Report for Elkhart County.

The full Report is available in PDF version to purchase for $99. To purchase, please contact Jacqueline Letherman by calling 574-293-5627 or emailing jacqueline@elkhartcountybiz.com.

The Report is detailed with 110 positions including management, production, technology, health and transportation. Benefits information covers health insurance plans, costs, time off, retirement plans, financial incentives, training opportunities and child care assistance.

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2018 Wage & Benefit Survey

Welcome to Elkhart County’s 2018 Survey of Wages and Benefits.  Your participation enables us to publish and distribute this valuable resource each year.

 

The collection of information from area businesses serves an important purpose.  Local employers are provided with benchmark data on average wages and benefits for over 100 different occupations, resulting in a report that is one of their key resources when setting or negotiating wages and benefits.  As with any survey, the quality of the report depends on the quality of the data submitted.  Please help by answering all of the questions completely and accurately.

 

Take Survey Now

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Employer Needs Assessment survey scheduled for Elkhart County

As a part of a larger economic study of Elkhart County, the county-wide 15-20 minute electronic 2018 Employer Needs Assessment is scheduled to begin in February targeting approximately 200 employers across different industries within the county. The survey link will be disseminated to select employers who will be asked to complete the assessment. The data provided by local employers will reveal drivers behind common employer problems and will be used to design strategies that enable the county’s workforce and businesses to be more efficient and effective.

Leading the economic study is consulting firm enFocus, working in close partnership with the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County. As part of the larger study, the 2018 Employer Needs Assessment will survey organizations throughout Elkhart County to identify the needs of employers of varying sizes and industries. This county-wide assessment will help address current workforce realities and future employer needs, and track the needs of employers over time to align workforce development programs. For a deeper understanding of employer needs, the survey will ask questions from the following areas: general hiring practices, trending hiring difficulty, employee recruitment and retention, and attainment of skill needs. Responses from Elkhart County employers will provide insight into several research questions in these areas.

“The primary objective of our work is to use insight obtained from the assessment to design strategies that will assist in addressing imbalances that exist between labor demand, hiring, and retention to support organizations establishing, relocating, or expanding their operations in Elkhart County,” states Connor Ratycz, an enFocus Fellow working on the project.“ We are eager to see what the data analysis yields and, more importantly, gain a more comprehensive understanding of the extent to which Elkhart County businesses are experiencing hiring and retention difficulties, and the top reasons for such difficulties across industries.”

Points to Highlight

  • 15-20 minute online survey with survey link emailed to select businesses via email
  • The survey will remain open for 1 month
  • Approximately 200 employers from the county will take the survey
  • Urge employers to please take the time to gather the necessary data and report accurately
  • Findings and insight from the employers will be analyzed to provide direction for future recommendation
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ElkhartCountyWorks.com Launches

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County announces the launch of Elkhartcountyworks.com 

This website and accompanying media campaign was created as a tool to help recruit workforce for our rapidly growing economy.  It is but one response to our community’s labor shortage.

The website aggregates existing information on Jobs, Housing, Schools, and other community amenities to help a job seeker learn more about our great community. We are marketing Elkhart County to the job seeker and family.  The site does not require additional input from your company.  It aggregates existing databases such as Indeed.com, Monster.com, & CareerBuilder.com in such a way that bring focus to the opportunities available in Elkhart County.

Elkhartcountyworks.com is the foundation of the effort to bring workforce to Elkhart County.  It is supported by an extensive Social and Traditional Media campaign strategically targeted to areas of high unemployment, which have recent job loss announcements, and/or have experienced natural disasters.  A local concierge is available to answer questions about the community and potential employers.  A soft launch of the website occurred this past weekend.  A video outlining five reasons to move to Elkhart County was posted on one person’s Facebook page. It was shared by two other Facebook users.  By Monday morning over 600 substantive visits occurred to the website.

Our project partner is TaigMarks, Inc..  TaigMarks initiated a nationwide press release today.  Please reach out to me if you have questions.

Thank you,

Mark A. Dobson, IOM, AE
President & CEO

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart Count
300 NIBCO Parkway | Suite 201 | Elkhart, IN  46516
P:  574.293.5627 | F:  574.343.2951 | C:  574.536.9083
E:  mark@elkhartcountybiz.com | W:  www.elkhartcountybiz.com

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Become a better leader – Listen!

Listening — it seems so simple. Yet, it’s estimated that the average person ignores, forgets, or misunderstands at least 75% of what he or she hears. Is it any wonder that mistakes occur, opportunities are missed, or that the “I’ll take care of it!” never happens?

Have you ever caught yourself saying “I know I’m forgetting something”? Does your family ever say “would you just listen to me”? Is building a better business environment and strengthening family relationships top on your priority list? If you have answered YES to any of these questions, this workshop is for YOU!

The Pfeil Innovation Center, sponsored by Beacon Health System, is proud to present the one-day LISTENING PAYS® workshop on November 20th  and December 2nd.  More details >>

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