Around the House


September 2021

Protecting Hoosier Students, Schools

Ensuring the safety of Hoosier students, teachers and school staff is always a top priority. Recently, 392 schools throughout the state received more than $19 million from the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program to make safety upgrades.

This program, established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013, provides matching grants to Hoosier school corporations, accredited non-public schools, charter schools and coalitions of school corporations. Funds are used to address and prepare for potential safety threats, like employing school resource officers, conducting threat assessments, and purchasing equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite first responder notification.

Since the program’s launch, Indiana schools – large and small – received more than $110 million in grant funding.

Indiana schools can apply for up to $100,000 in grant funds, but do not have to request the maximum amount. For the next round of funding, applicants need to submit requests to the Indiana Secured School Safety Board by clicking here.

For more information about the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program, click here. Connect to other key resources through the Indiana School Safety Hub at

Enter sweepstakes to win $10K for college

To celebrate September as College Savings Month, Hoosiers can enter a sweepstakes worth $10,000 to help with higher education costs.

Contestants must be at least 18 years old and enter online by midnight on Sept. 30. A winner will receive a $10,000 contribution to a CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan account to use for qualified expenses like tuition, books and computers.

With CollegeChoice 529 plans, students and families can save money for post-secondary or higher education. Accounts can be opened for as little as $10, and family and friends can contribute to the account on behalf of the student. Funds can be used at any eligible university or apprenticeship program, both in and out of state. Account growth is tax-deferred and tax-free, as long as the funds are used for education expenses.

For more information about opening a CollegeChoice 529 plan and to enter the sweepstakes, click here.

Public can weigh-in on proposed district maps

Initial drafts of the Indiana House of Representatives and Congressional district maps will be posted online by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Hoosiers are invited to provide feedback on those maps during 1 of 2 public meetings in the House Chamber of the Indiana Statehouse.

The House Elections and Apportionment Committee will meet from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and again on Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. until testimony concludes. Anyone who would like to testify can sign up upon arrival just outside of the House Chamber.

For those who cannot attend the meetings, Hoosiers can watch online at and submit testimony by emailing or by contacting their state legislators. Constituents can find out who their state legislators are and their contact information online at and clicking on “Find Your Legislator.”

Free Job Training For In-Demand Industries

Indiana’s economy continues to grow, and our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the Midwest.

Still, there are over 100,000 job openings across the state ready to be filled by hardworking Hoosiers.

To skill up and prepare to land high-paying, in-demand positions, check out Next Level Jobs. With Next Level Jobs, Hoosiers can receive free training in high-demand fields such as health care, manufacturing and information technology. Grants pay for all tuition and fees, and can be used at any eligible training provider. Hoosiers can earn high-value certificates giving them a competitive edge in the workforce.  

An additional resource is Indiana Career Ready, which helps prepare job seekers for in-demand careers regardless of their work experience. Hoosiers can access customized training and tools, like a job portal and resume builder, based on their background and experience.

To address Indiana’s skills gap, businesses are partnering with the state to help pinpoint areas needing more workers. Indiana Career Ready takes this information and aligns trainings for job seekers, or matches employers with workers skilled in the industry.

For Hoosier job providers, the employer portal can be used to attract talent, improve job descriptions and recruitment efforts, and access key data about Indiana’s labor market. Employers in key industries can apply for training grants offered through Indiana’s Next Level Jobs, which provides $5,000 for each employee who is trained, hired and retained for six months after participating in the program.  

Already, more than 23,300 Hoosiers earned certificates using the Workforce Ready Grant, and more than 50,000 are enrolled in qualifying programs. Whether adding new skills to your toolbox or seeking a new career, Next Level Jobs can help.

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