The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s education and workforce initiative promoting outstanding talent and a skilled workforce.

Workforce development focused on the youth

Katie Coffin
Programs Assistant at Indiana Chamber of Commerce

It’s never too early for students to begin thinking about life after high school. 

The future for Indiana students was the focus of the Indiana Youth Institute’s Postsecondary Counseling Institute earlier this month. It was great to see so many youth workers and school counselors learning new ways to engage their students in thinking about the future. 

Charlie Appelstein spoke in the morning about how to work with difficult students. He said teachers, counselors and all youth workers can have a profound impact on a student who doesn’t believe in his or her abilities and misbehaves as a consequence. Empowering students to succeed is important for them individually, but also for our communities. 

In our session, we discussed, and how our data can help students make informed career choices. We shared that the highest demand for workers in Indiana is in the middle-skills area – jobs that require more than a high school diploma and less than a 4-year degree. Our goal is to help counselors understand all of the post-secondary options and enable them with the resources to help students succeed. 

Learn more about the Indiana Youth Institute’s work >> 
Check out their great curriculum, Drive of Your Life >> 

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