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Indiana college work study program is set to pilot the approach with high school

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A career and technical education high school student in Elkhart grinds a piece of metal before welding it. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

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An Indiana work study program for college students will pilot an initiative to include next year's high school seniors. It will support schools that want to find new ways to get students into the workforce, starting next summer. 

The program is called the Employment Aid Readiness Network, or EARN Indiana. For nearly a decade, it has subsidized up to half the costs for employers wanting to give internships to lower-income college students.

Two years ago, state lawmakers passed legislation to expand that same approach with high school seniors. 

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Work and Learn Indiana – a branch of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce – is charged with administering the high school expansion.

It’s looking for up to 10 school districts to apply by December to pilot it for three semesters. The work study program is available for rising high school seniors eligible for free or reduced lunch. For employers partnered with schools, priority is given to internships in career fields the state deems to be in high-demand, like IT or advanced manufacturing.

Contact reporter Justin at jhicks@wvpe.org or follow him on Twitter at @Hicks_JustinM.
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