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2016 Partner Conference

On November 18th WorkOne hosted our annual Partner Conference for Region 7.  The conference brings together representatives of local service providers to discuss the previous year and to share updates and information.

The conference is a great opportunity for everyone to network and learn more about the great work being accomplished in our region.  

Ellen Reeves of the United Way kicked off the event with a "smartie" activity.  The activity used smarties candy to represent a typical family income.  Participants had to determine how to best spend their smarties while dealing with additional emergency situations.  The activity drove home the choices that many of our customers have to make every day.

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This year's presenters were:

  • Vocational Rehabilition - Chris Austin
  • Ivy Tech Workforce Development - Sarah Thomas, Charlene Wright
  • WorkOne State Programs - Cindy Lydick
  • WIOA Program - Greg Lee
  • Adult Basic Education and WorkINdiana - Jeff Clutter
  • Employer Services - Brad Trusler, Kelly Shillings PPG Industrial Coatings
  • Communications - Kyla Krieg
  • Hamilton Center - William Little
  • AARP - Rod Vickers
  • United Way - Ellen Reeves
  • The WIOA Vision and System - Lisa Lee

After the presentations, the participants separated into teams and developed ideas for creating the ideal partner system.  The teams then presented their ideas to everyone for discussion.

Thank you to all of the participants in this year's conference and for all that you do for our region!

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JAG News - Fall 2016

Region 7 JAG News – Fall 2016

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JAG Programs Receive National Recognition

5 of 5

For the first year ever, JAG has achieved the 5 of 5 National Performance Award.  The 5 of 5 Award measures Graduation, College Attendance, Job/Military Placements, Full Time Placement (combination of part time work, school, etc.) and Total Positive Outcomes.  Locally, our Region 7 JAG program has won this award every year that it has been awarded!


Indiana JAG programs are leading the way in scholarships awarded in 2016!


JAG Programs Select Officers

Every year, the JAG programs in each school elect officers to lead their organizations.  The officers are responsible for helping to organize community service projects, lead fund raising efforts etc.

This year’s officers are:


President - Sincere Gaston

Vice President Leadership - Lily Davis

Vice President Community Service/Service Learning - Sean Johnson

Vice President Social Activities/Community Awareness - Skylar Price

Treasurers- Destinee Shipp and Payton Jannings

Secretaries- Briana Ulrey and Emily Minton


President - Tara Bell

Vice President - Jason Sanders

Treasurer/Financial Officer - Lincoln Buchholz

Secretary - Emily Livingston

Press Secretary - Britany Truxal

Riverton Parke

President - Justin Steinway

Vice President - Sierra Mason

Secretary - James Brown

Treasurer - Katlyn Valdes

Turkey Run

President - LaKrista Carver

Vice President - Tayler Bell

Secretary/Treasurer - Angel Trinkle


President - Gage Smitley

Event Planner - Emily Horton

Event Planning Assistant - Jaden Scott

Art/Visual - Tessa Carpenter

Vice President - Steven Gardner

Video/photographer - Meredith Lee

Historian - Deven Pool

Terre Haute South

President - Anteues Peterson

Vice President - Samantha Miles

Secretary - Hillary Duncan

Terre Haute North

President: Lauryn Taylor

Vice President of Leadership Development: Kayla Kelley

Vice President of Community Service: Mackenzie Boswell

Vice President of Civic Awareness and School Administrator Liaison: Stephanie Williams

Vice President of Career Development: Briella Ellis

Vice President of Social Awareness: Jalyn Fuller

Secretaries: Chyanne Gore, Shannon Carlson

Treasurers: Olivia Bevis and David Sears

Historians: Jaycob Tighe, Ciara Gibbons

Parliamentarian: Dawson Jenkins

Terre Haute North Welcomes Guest Speaker

The Terre Haute North program featured guest speaker Lonnie Bedwell.  Lonnie does not allow the fact that he is blind limit him from living an adven

turous life.  As a blind person Lonnie has scaled mountains, kayaked wild rivers and snow skied down advanced slopes. He talked about overcoming obstacles and not living with fear (false evidence about reality) or pity (poor information towards yourself).
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isted with the set up and tear down.  The meeting was held in the Teacher’s Lounge at North High School.

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Sullivan JAG Students Conduct Mock Car Crash

Every day teenagers are killed in automobile accidents.  To help illustrate the dangers of impaired or distracted driving, the Sullivan High School JAG students conducted their annual mock car crash.  The students partnered with local fire and rescue personel to show their fellow students the potential impacts of impaired or distracted driving after a halloween party.


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Terre Haute North JAG Hosts Halloween Carnival

The JAG students at Terre Haute North recently hosted a Halloween Carnival at the Ryyves Hall Haunted House. 

JAG students were there early to set up game stations.  This gave the young children something else to do while the haunted house tours occurred.  JAG students organized games and prizes for the children.  We had a toilet paper toss, a face painting table, a count the candy corn game, Halloween bingo, free apple teeth treats, and a broom/pumpkin race.   Prizes were given to the children as well.   It was a great success and our JAG students felt great about their service.  There were around 75 young children in attendance.  They enjoyed the games and interacting with the JAG students.

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2016 Sullivan Employment Expo

On Wednesday October 12, WorkOne partnered with the City of Sullivan to host Sullivan's 2nd annual Employment Expo.

Employers from Sullivan, Vigo and Knox counties spent the afternoon in the Sullivan Civic Center meeting with job seekers.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success!

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2016 Veterans Expo

On Wednesday August 24th, WorkOne partnered with Terre Haute VFW Post 972 to host the 5th annual Veteran's Expo.

The Expo brought over 30 vendors to one location with the goal of serving our local Veterans.  This year's vendors included organizations that provide services for Veterans, local Colleges and Universities and employers with job opportunities.

Sandwiches, chips and drinks were provided for all who attended.

Congressman Larry Bucshon (IN-8) also stopped by the Expo to speak with Veterans, Service Providers and Employers.

In addition to the great connections made during the event, a silent auction featuring items donated by local merchants was held.  The auction raised $1348 for REACH Services (formerly UCP).  The donation will help REACH provide services to homeless veterans.

After the event students from the Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South JAG classes helped clean up the VFW Post.

Thank you to everyone who helped serve our Veterans with another great Expo!

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Workforce Development Week

In commemoration of Labor Day and for the vital services that our Adult Education providers and WorkOne Career Centers provide to jobseekers and businesses, Governor Pence has proclaimed the week of September 1 – 7, 2016, Workforce Development Week.

Next week, you will see the hashtag #WorkforceWeek to help highlight your assistance in this effort and the passion you bring daily to bettering Indiana’s citizens and community.

Click here to view the Workforce Development Week Proclamation!