The purpose of the Occupational Needs Assessment is to highlight the education and workforce needs of the advanced manufacturing, life sciences and national security and defense sectors in the Indiana Uplands.

These reports guide Regional Opportunity Initiatives in the implementation of education and workforce initiatives. It is our hope that they will also serve to support others in our region, and beyond, in tailoring initiatives to meet the specific needs of the students, families, educators, and employers who call the Indiana Uplands home.

ROI’s Occupational Needs Assessments ensure that the strategies and initiatives developed and deployed are regionally specific and demand-driven. By regularly analyzing workforce trends, in-demand jobs, and educational alignment in the region’s three key sectors ROI and its partners can be more deliberate in advancing economic and community prosperity in the Indiana Uplands.