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February-2015 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

Indiana Community Action Association

IN-CAA Newsletter - January 2015

IN-CAA Newsletter - February 2015

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News

Lt. Governor Ellspermann takes an interest in rural areas during visit with Hoosier Uplands
On Jan. 23, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann visited Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation (HUEDC). About 20 of the agency’s top management staff met with Lt. Governor Ellspermann and discussed all of the different programs and services that Hoosier Uplands offers – read more.

New Head Start system offers parents resources
A new resource offered by the Head Start Division of the Community Action Program of Western Indiana allows parents and family members to access information about their children’s progress. Teaching Strategies GOLD is an ongoing assessment system that allows parents to set up an account, then easily view documentation of their children’s gains, development and learning reports, and access an activity library of songs, games and other learning activities designed to meet their children’s current developmental levels. It also offers a personalized method of communication between the child’s parent and teacher – read more.

Events

Jobs for America’s Graduates hosts regional conference in Lafayette
The 2015 Regional Career Development Conference (CDC) of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) was held in January at the Lafayette National Guard Armory. One hundred, eighty-five students attended the Region 4 CDC, and 118 students representing Crawfordsville, Kokomo, Lafayette (Jefferson), Logansport, Oakland, Peru and Twin Lakes high schools competed in individual events – read more.

Community Impact

50 acts of kindness for 50 years of action
In celebration of 50 years of Community Action, Pace Community Action Agency, Inc., staff committed 50 random acts of kindness.  Staff members handed out small cards with each kind act, so people would become more aware of what PACE is, what it does in the community and that it has been influencing the area for 50 years.  Staff members then shared what they did on the organization’s SharePoint page – read more.

Success Story: Organizational Payee Program client is working toward self-sufficiency
Twenty-four-year-old Jeremiah Rice whole-heartedly believes the mantra, “idle hands never produce anything.” Not the kind of person who can stay home all day and play video games, he says he enjoys working his part-time job at Jimmy John’s, where he has been working since last August, because it gives him the opportunity to make a positive contribution to society – read more.

Spotlight on Professionals

Institute program manager receives national Skills Champion Award
Jessica Fraser, program manager of the Indiana Institute for Working Families (a program of the Indiana Community Action Association), has received a national award that recognizes her as a "star advocate" for skills training and workforce development at the state and federal levels. Fraser was presented the 2015 Skills Champion Award by Andy Van Kleunen, CEO of the National Skills Coalition (NSC), at the annual Skills Summit in Arlington, VA, on Feb. 9 – read more.

Indiana Community Action celebrates another Professional in Human Resources
In 2014 Indiana Community Action Association (IN-CAA), through the Indiana Training Institute, began announcing the successful course completion and certification of Human Resource professionals within the Community Action Network.  Our network has recently added another name to this distinguished list: Shannon Sprinkle, Human Resources manager of Lincoln Hills Development Corporation, passed the certification exam in January, becoming a certified Professional in Human Resources.

Worth Reading

Inside the Statehouse: Making Progress for Working Hoosiers
Several bills that affect the lives of working Hoosiers have been moving through the Indiana legislature this session. The most notable recent success is the passage of House Bill 1616, which eliminates the child care benefit cliff.  The Indiana Institute for Working Families' Inside the Statehouse blog documents weekly summaries of public policy updates and analysis on legislation from the 2015 Indiana General Assembly that impacts working families across Indiana.

'Thank you, LHDC, for 50 years of caring'
An editorial by that title ran in the Perry County News on Feb. 2. The article talked about Lincoln Hills Development Corporation's recent open house, outlined some of the highlights of its history and congratulates the agency, its employees and its board of directors "for half a century of dedication and compassion – read the editorial.

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