Indiana Workforce Ready Grants provide an opportunity for working-age Hoosiers to expand their skills to meet the needs of a changing job market.
What is the Indiana Workforce Ready Grant Program?
The program pays the mandatory fees and tuition for eligible high-value certificate programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University or other approved providers. The grant is available for two years and covers up to the number of credits required by the qualifying program. The grant does not cover courses that do not directly apply to a student’s certificate program. The Workforce Ready Grant is not limited by family income.
The certificate programs eligible for workforce ready grants were selected based on wages, employer demand, job placements, and program completion rates. These programs are aligned with Indiana’s highest demand sectors:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Building & Construction
- Health Sciences
- IT & Business Services
- Transportation & Logistics
What careers do students enter after program completion?
The career options available from Indiana Workforce Ready Grant programs are endless. The following are common career paths based on the five highest demand sectors.
- Advanced Manufacturing: Welder, Machinist, Robotics Technician, Quality Control Manager
- Building & Construction: HVAC Mechanic, Carpenter, Heavy Equipment Operator, Electrician
- Health Sciences: Dental Assistant, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomist, Pharmacy Technician, Paramedic Science
- IT & Business Services: IT Specialist, Computer Systems Analytics, Bookkeeper, Accounting & Audit Clerk
- Transportation & Logistics: Logistics Manager, Automotive Service Technician, Diesel Mechanic, Supply Chain Manager
Do I qualify for an Indiana Workforce Ready Grant?
To qualify for the grant, students must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be an Indiana resident and U.S. citizen or (eligible non-citizen)
- Have a high school diploma (or equivalent) but less than a college degree
- Enroll in a qualifying program at an eligible training provider
- File a FAFSA
- Enroll full-time (typically four courses) if you are a dependent student
- Enroll at least half-time (typically two courses) if you are an independent student
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission
How can I apply for the Workforce Ready Grant?
- Visit org to connect with an eligible training provider
- Submit a complete and corrected FAFSA
- Applicants do not need to meet the April 15th deadline for state financial aid.