Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia is now the first in Indiana to offer the State Earn and Learn program. The program, designed for the construction industry, is a partnership with industry and education to offer students the opportunity to earn credentials while participating in job training. Students also have regular interaction with construction and industry-related employers.
SEAL programs range from eight weeks to two years and include industry certifications designed for any sector. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development helps increase the skills of the state’s workforce by offering SEAL certificates to employers and high schools through the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship.
“We have multiple schools and companies currently utilizing SEALs to advance Indiana’s workforce,” said Darrel Zeck, executive director of DWD’s Office of Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship. “Most of these programs offer dual credit, so while students may be entering the workforce upon graduation from high school, their school work could also lead to a certificate or associate’s degree at the same time.”
DWD projects Indiana employers will need to fill 1 million additional jobs in the next ten years, half of which will not require a four-year college degree.