High-quality jobs that are emerging with employers in Northwest Indiana require specific credentials beyond high school. Our commitment is to ensure that our high school students graduate academically, socially, and financially prepared to go directly to further education without the need for remediation and to obtain degrees and other certifications that directly meet the needs of Northwest Indiana employers.
READY NWI is an acronym for Regional Education and Employer Alliance for Developing Youth in Northwest Indiana.
Even in the midst of a prolonged slump in the labor market, business leaders are continuously searching for workers with the skills, knowledge, and abilities demanded by the 21st Century global economy. Many of these businesses have trouble filling open jobs for high skill/high wage positions due in large part to a fundamental misalignment between the skills being taught in local high schools and colleges and those most pertinent to the world of work. Specifically, employers need workers with sound literacy and numeracy skills who are highly skilled in critical thinking and problem solving, and the ability to work in teams and adapt to rapid changes in technology. However, these skills are in short supply, placing employers from Northwest Indiana in a precarious position in a troubling economy.
To address these concerns, the READY NWI and its partners in education throughout Northwest Indiana propose to develop a Regional Network of school and community partners committed to (1) a comprehensive, data-driven regional analysis of student high school readiness for college and careers and (2) an action plan, along with associated business and communication plans, designed to dramatically improve student college and career success.
The initial Ready to Work-Ready to Hire: College & Career Readiness Plan for Northwest Indiana was developed in 2012 with assistance from the Lumina Foundation. In 2014, the READY NWI coalition was invited to join Lumina’s national network of regions committed to the “Big Goal” of 60% post-high school credential attainment by 2025. The Northwest Indiana Charter document was created at that time. Both documents can be found under our Reports and Resources tab.