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State Earn & Learn (SEAL)

State Earn and Learn (SEAL) is a work-based learning initiative by The Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship (OWBLA), located within the Department of Workforce Development, where participating students earn college credits and industry-recognized credentials while working and learning on the job. SEALs focus on employer needs, with sustainable partnerships and embedded industry certifications. It also allows industry partners to meet workforce demands while building a pipeline that will grow and sustain business in today’s competitive labor market. The IT Sector Partnership and Ivy Tech Community College are implementing this program with the help of South Bend Code School, South Bend Regional Chamber, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce through Code Week and Tech Juncture.

Code Week (June 2021)

Code Week ​​will offer beginner-level, 90-minute coding sessions to high school juniors, both virtually and at Ivy Tech South Bend and Elkhart campus on June 22, 23, and 24 at 10 am and 2 pm. There will be free food and beverage for the students and volunteers. The event will culminate with FREE giveaways to students and information on the subsequent event, Tech Juncture. We will also share the program flyers of the volunteers who instructed the sessions. The sessions are beginner-level and the students don't require prior coding experience.


Tech Juncture (Oct 2021)

Tech Juncture will showcase high school juniors presenting projects to employers for an internship/cash prize and tech certificate opportunity under the Indiana DWD SEAL program. The students will be enrolled in an 8-week program after they complete a session at Code Week. They will be given in-class instruction on Blockchain and Analytics to develop a project. The students will present their projects to employers at the Tech Juncture event. The employers will select students for a job interview based on their performance in the project and presentation.

How do I participate in the Indiana DWD SEAL program?

  • Tell us about your area of interest for a work-based learning pathway.

  • Choose relevant industry certifications for the pathway.

  • Pick an Ivy Tech certificate for the pathway.

  • Tell us about your area of interest for the Internship.

  • Choose industry certifications for the Internship.

  • Choose Ivy Tech certificate for the Internship.

  • Review tech projects submitted by the high school juniors.

  • Attend the Tech Juncture event in October 2021.

  • Evaluate students' presentations during the event.

  • Internship projects

  • Internship tracking

  • Academic coach

  • Soft skills training

  • Tech prerequisites

  • Professional branding