Now is a great time to skill up or learn a new skill! We are curating online learning courses, training materials, job opportunities, and career awareness info that is particularly relevant to key industry sectors in the Indiana Uplands region. We will continue to add to this web page in the coming weeks. If you have a recommendation, let us know!

ROI’s Careers in the Uplands Video Series

Next door to next level, people in the Indiana Uplands are doing amazing work in STEM careers. The Uplands boasts specialization in the advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and national security industries. Check out ROI’s Careers in the Uplands Video Series to learn more about people working in the Uplands, including engineers, scientists, cybersecurity technicians, machinists and more.

Your Next Step

Whether you need help finding a job, learning new skills, furthering your education, or securing emergency aid to get back on your feet, Your Next Step is Indiana’s hub for rapid recovery.

Indiana Career Explorer

Indiana Career Explorer provides a comprehensive starting point for determining your career interests and abilities. Whether this is the first time you have thought about a career, or you have considered changing jobs, career interest and skill assessments will match you with options you may enjoy.

Indiana INTERNnet

Despite COVID-19, employers are still posting internships and individuals are still searching for opportunities. Indiana INTERNnet is a FREE internship-matching program managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce linking employers, students, high schools, colleges and universities. Visit the StudentEmployer and Educator pages to learn more. 

EARN Indiana

EARN (Employment Aid Readiness Network) Indiana is the state’s work-study program. College students with financial need have access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships. More than 150,000 students are EARN Indiana eligible! Employers with an approved internship may receive state matching funds by hiring students — up to 50% of the student’s hourly rate—for hiring these students.

INTraining and

INTraining is Indiana’s resource to locate quality occupational training. It includes a broad and diverse selection of occupational training programs that support the employment goals of Indiana’s workforce. Qualifying individuals may receive free to low-cost occupational training and many programs can be done 100% online. For more resources on preparing and applying for high-demand jobs in Indiana, visit

Next Level Jobs

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Next Level Jobs provide Hoosiers with free training in high-growth, in-demand job fields, including advanced manufacturing, building & construction, health & life sciences, IT & business, transportation & logistics. The Workforce Ready Grant pays for all tuition and regularly assessed fees for qualifying high-value certificates at any eligible training provider. Many qualifying programs can be done completely online.

To qualify, recipients must be an Indiana resident and a U.S. citizen (or eligible non-citizen); have a high school diploma (or equivalent) but less than a college degree; and enroll in in any qualifying training program.

UPDATE July 6 – CARES Act funding has expanded eligibility and funding caps for Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program!

Hoosiers can receive tuition reimbursement for job training in high-demand fields through December. Hoosiers that already have 2-& 4-year degrees are also eligible through the end of the year!

Funding for employer reimbursements has also been expanded to train new employees and upskill or reskill incumbent workers.


For those thinking how to pay for education and training options beyond high school, INvestEd can provide free, one-on-one financial aid guidance for students, families, and counselors. INvestEd can help decrypt the financial aid process, provide tips on finding scholarships & grants, & smart funding options.

Eleven Fifty Academy

Eleven Fifty Academy teaches coding through accelerated, immersive course. People of all ages learn skills that are most in-demand among Indiana employers. More than 95% of Eleven Fifty students also qualify for substantial financial aid. Bonus: right now Intro to Coding and Intro to Cybersecurity classes are completely free!

Purdue University Free & Discounted Courses

Purdue Online, in partnership with the Purdue for Life Foundation, is offering discounted and free online courses to help you continue learning, gain new skills, and stay connected as you prepare to return to the workplace. Get started in accounting, management, cybersecurity, life sciences, and more!

Indiana University – Free & Discounted Courses

Learn technology skills at your own pace with IT Training’s online courses, hosted in IU Expand! While some courses on Expand have registration fees associated with them, IT offerings on IU Expand are available at no cost, and are self-study courses that you can work through at your own pace.
Available IT Training courses cover a range of technology skills and topics, including productivity, web development, design and media, and coding. Other courses on IU Expand include professional development, continuing education, non-credit, and certificate based courses.


Learn to code for free. Codecademy is an online interactive lesson platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, Swift, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. Codecademy’s lessons get you up to speed quickly without the aid of instructors or videos, and you earn badges and points along with in-demand coding skills.

Ivy Tech Free Courses

IT, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing are all in demand in the Indiana Uplands. Right now, Ivy Tech is offering FREE courses in these areas to the first 10,000 students that register! Take your next step towards earning a degree or certificate today.

USI Lifelong Learning Free Noncredit Courses

Now is a great time to give online learning a try! USI Lifelong Learning is offering 10 free self-paced noncredit courses! Create web pages, improve your management and communication skills, manage your finances, or learn to market your business. Register by June 30!