Around the House


August 2018

Hoosiers Share Career Journeys

Librarians, welders, CEOs and other Hoosier professionals are sharing their career journeys on State of Change.

State of Change is an online platform where experienced professionals provide guidance to young Hoosiers beginning their careers. The website is powered by Share Your Road, which specializes in collecting advice from people of different trades across the country.

Each professional’s profile discusses what brought them to Indiana, where their career started and what steps they took to reach their current position.

These personal stories of work-related struggles and successes help young people steer their careers and achieve their occupational goals. Some of the stories on State of Change stress the importance of being active in the community while others encourage finding work that embodies a cause you’re passionate about.

Over 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking; and State of Change connects professionals across the state and encourages others to come to Indiana.

Each journey is different. Perhaps your professional story could help guide someone else. To learn more about sharing your story, click here.

Text-to-911 Now Available in all 92 Counties

Indiana has emerged as a leader in the text-to-911 program, allowing people in all 92 counties to either call or text law enforcement for help. Since Indiana implemented the program two years ago, over 14,782 texts have been sent to 911 dispatches around the state.

While voice calls are still encouraged as the first option in the case of an emergency, different circumstances make texting a valuable means of communicating. Those who are deaf, hearing or speech-impaired, or can’t speak because of a medical condition can reach out to law enforcement through text. A home invasion where talking would put a person in danger and other precarious situations are also times when texting 911 is a helpful tool.

Indiana is the only state in which 911 operators can initiate texts after receiving an interrupted or disconnected 911 call. Many of the 911 texts are from dispatch centers reaching out to residents after hang-ups or incomplete calls to ensure people are safe.

When using the 911 texting service, include important information like location and the nature of the emergency. Messages should be concise and not include abbreviations. If your text message is not received or cannot be processed, a bounce-back message will be sent instructing you to call 911.

Visit to learn more about Indiana’s text-to-911 program, and keep in mind this life-saving resource is now an option in an emergency.

Funding available to improve local roads

Cities, towns and counties can apply for money to fix local roads and bridges through the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.

The Community Crossing Grant aims to invest in projects that help improve economic development, create jobs and strengthen local transportation networks. These projects include bridge rehabilitation or replacement, road resurfacing and preservation and road reconstruction with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Each proposal is evaluated based on:

  • Traffic volume;
  • Local support;
  • Impact on connectivity;
  • Mobility within the community; and
  • Regional economic significance;

Since 2016, The Community Crossings Grant Program has allocated over $300 million across the state. From Allen County to Daviess County, this funding has given many communities opportunities to make valued infrastructure improvements.

All application materials must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at 5 p.m. ET. Communities receiving funding for projects will be notified by INDOT beginning in November. For more information, click here.

Homework Helpline Available

Puzzled by your child’s homework? Wishing you had a tutor to help guide your young student through a difficult math or science problem?

A free homework helpline, staffed by some of the smartest college students in Indiana, is here to lend a hand.

AskRose, a free math and science tutoring service run by the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, offers one-on-one tutoring in math and science for any student in grades 6-12.

Rose-Hulman students, majoring in math, science and engineering, assist schoolchildren over the phone, through email or by chatting online. Tutors walk them step-by-step through difficult homework problems, helping them to not only reach a solution, but also gain an understanding of the process.

The tutors are each specially picked by Rose-Hulman faculty and can assist with anything from sixth-grade algebra to high school chemistry. They are highly qualified in their respective fields and have completed a training course to help ensure they give students the best learning experience.

AskRose respects the privacy of each student and will never ask for a last name or phone number. The program is certified by the National Tutoring Association, which aims to promote education, specialization and scientific research through effective tutoring.

Tutors are available to help Sunday-Thursday, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Students should call 877-ASK-ROSE or email their question here. Appointments can also be made at

This is a great resource to help students excel academically. To learn more about the AskRose homework helpline, visit

Intern with the House Republicans

Applications for an internship at the heart of Indiana government are now being accepted! Indiana House Republicans are taking applications for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.

The House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity for college students and recent graduates to participate in state government at the Indiana Statehouse while gaining hands-on experience. This paid internship allows interns to immerse themselves in the legislative process by working directly with state representatives and professional staff.

For many students and recent graduates looking to launch their professional careers, the House Republican Internship is a valuable stepping stone. Nearly 95 percent of employers consider a candidate’s professional experience when hiring for full-time positions. Our program is designed to help interns develop valuable skills and connections.

The spring semester internship is open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. Interns receive a bi-weekly compensation of $750 and opportunities to earn college credits. This is a full-time position at the Statehouse in Indianapolis for the duration of the 2019 legislative session, which runs January through April.

Based on interests and skill sets, interns are placed in one of four departments:

Legislative– Interns will be paired with a full-time legislative assistant as they work directly with an assigned group of state representatives. Some of the responsibilities include tracking legislation, working with constituents and researching legislative questions or problems;

Communications– Interns will be paired with a full-time press secretary as they assist with media relations for an assigned group of state representatives. Some of the responsibilities include writing press releases, audio and video production, social media, arranging interviews with reporters, photography and covering press conferences;

Fiscal Policy– Intern will work with the fiscal staff on issues that directly relate to the state’s finances and biennial budget; or

Policy– Intern will work alongside the policy staff in tracking and analyzing legislation.

The House Republican Internship Program is a great opportunity to make valuable connections while building a resume. To learn more about internship opportunities and the application process, watch these informational videos about each position and visit The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.


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