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October 2017

Free financial literacy courses

Online financial literacy courses are now being offered to high school students at no cost through the Indiana Moneywise initiative.

After starting as a pilot program in six Indiana counties during the 2016-2017 school year, Secretary of State Connie Lawson is expanding the Indiana MoneyWise Financial Education Program statewide to all Indiana high school students. The program consists of nine course modules, which take 45-50 minutes each to finish.

These web-based courses focus on banking, credit scores, consumer protection, higher education expenses, insurance and taxes, investing, payment types, renting versus owning and savings plans. The curriculum is derived from state and national financial education standards and adequately prepares students to be responsible for their financial future.

To find out more about the program, click here.

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Schools, organizations and individuals across the nation are celebrating Red Ribbon Week and encouraging children to stay drug-free.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, began in 1985 in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena by drug traffickers. Americans of all ages began wearing red ribbons in honor of Camarena and in support of drug awareness.

Today, the Red Ribbon Campaign encourages schools and communities to participate in drug prevention activities. Here are a few ways the campaign suggests celebrating Red Ribbon Week:

  • Find creative ways to communicate the meaning behind this year’s theme, “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free;”
  • Sign the Red Ribbon Pledge;
  • Use the campaign’s curriculum ideas in classrooms or to start a discussion with your children at home;
  • Enter the Red Ribbon photo contest to win an iPad or $1,000 for your child’s school;
  • Share your support on Facebook or Twitter using #RedRibbonWeek; and
  • Send in your ideas to the 2018 Red Ribbon Theme Contest.

As we fight the national opioid epidemic, it is more important than ever that we work together to drive the message of staying drug-free to Hoosier kids so they can grow up safe and healthy.

Click here to learn more about the Red Ribbon Campaign and this year’s theme.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force is promoting Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday, Oct. 28, multiple locations throughout the state will accept unused and expired prescription drugs.

Liquid and pill medications can be dropped off anonymously, with no questions asked, between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proper disposal of prescription drugs helps protect children and pets from accidental consumption, and also helps curb illegal drug use and theft. Indiana is working hard to combat the opioid epidemic, and with 4 out of 5 new heroin users starting with prescription medications; these take-back programs make a real difference in saving lives.

Unused and expired medicine also harms the environment. It is important to never wash any medicine down the drain or flush it down the toilet. Doing so contaminates Indiana’s rivers and groundwater. By properly disposing of medicine you are protecting yourself, your neighbors and the environment.

During the National Take Back Day event in April, Hoosiers safely turned in 17,803 pounds of prescription drugs.

Click here to find a drop off site near you.

Learn about safe disposal and storage methods for prescription drugs by clicking here.

Tips on applying for Federal Student Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now available for the 2018-2019 academic school year.

The FAFSA form is prepared annually to determine financial aid eligibility for college students or those planning on pursuing a post-secondary education. The deadline for filing is March 10, 2018. The form can be easily filed online at

To help families navigate the application process, financial aid experts will be providing assistance for college-bound students across Indiana during College Goal Sunday on Nov. 5. Students who attend could win a $1,000 scholarship. Click here to find a location near you.

Ivy Tech Community College will be hosting another statewide event on Oct. 25. During Express Enrollment Day, prospective students can tour Ivy Tech campuses, apply to the college, take assessment testing, register for classes and work on their FAFSA. Find a participating location and reserve your spot here.

Can’t make it to one of these events? Learn tips for filling out FAFSA and common mistakes to avoid here. You can also explore different types of financial aid by clicking here. If you need any assistance submitting the application, call 1-800-4FED-AID.

Also, don’t forget that applications for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship will be accepted through Nov. 30.

Inspiring the next generation of manufacturers

Indiana leads the nation in manufacturing jobs, so of course Hoosiers are celebrating Manufacturing Day!

Companies, organizations and institutions across the state are hosting events to highlight modern manufacturing and encourage Hoosiers to consider joining the manufacturing workforce. While national Manufacturing Day is officially Friday, Oct. 6, planned events are taking place throughout the entire month.

The National Association of Manufacturers provides resources and helpful step-by-step instructions for anyone interested in planning a Manufacturing Day event. Most events are plant tours to show the community what they do and how their products are produced from start to finish. However, plenty of non-manufacturers are hosting events, such as technical colleges and local economic development entities.

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, there are nearly 15,000 advanced manufacturing jobs that need to be filled in Indiana. Manufacturing Day events are a great way to showcase the industry and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

To help manufacturers in Indiana meet their workforce needs, two new grant programs will put Hoosiers to work in high-demand, high-wage industries, like manufacturing. Learn more here.

Visit the Manufacturing Day website to learn more about hosting an event or to find an event near you. Don’t forget to share your event photos on social media using #MFGDay17.

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