Indianapolis-based Phalen Leadership Academies has launched a new workforce development program based on the far east side of Indianapolis. PLA University is a tuition-free program to train families in areas including technology, advanced manufacturing, and supply chain and logistics management.

The first pilot will launch next year to offer free training to obtain careers with starting salaries between $30,000-$50,000 per year.

“We cannot ignore the ever-growing need for economic parity for our scholars and for our parents. We do a lot within our schools to help our scholars excel, but what about the support our families need to strengthen their homes? To live in a safe place? To eat and to eat healthy every day? Our goal is to improve our students’ lives through education, and PLA University strengthens that pledge by offering free education and job training to any of our scholars’ family members,” said PLA Founder and Chief Executive Officer Martin Phalen.

PLA University recently received a $150,000 planning grant from Glick Philanthropies to help support job training and job placement efforts. Click here to learn more about PLA’s programs.


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