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Raatz: Bill to create Workforce Diploma Reimbursement Program passes Senate

Contact: Lindsey Ross, Senior Press Secretary 

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2019) – A bill authored by State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) that would establish the Workforce Diploma Reimbursement Program and Fund recently passed the Senate by a vote of 47 to 2.

Under Senate Bill 607, the program, which would be overseen by the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet (GWC) and Department of Workforce Development (DWD), would assist adult learners age 22 and above in developing employability and career and technical education skills while obtaining a high school diploma.

SB 607 would require the GWC to approve providers interested in offering training to Hoosiers. Providers would only receive reimbursement through the fund when students complete specific milestones.

“The Workforce Diploma Reimbursement Program would take a new outcome-based approach to preparing Indiana adults for the workforce,” Raatz said. “If passed, this bill would ensure Hoosiers obtain a high school diploma and the career training they need, as program providers would not receive funds from the state until students achieve desired outcomes.”

SB 607 will now move to the House of Representatives.


For a high-resolution photo of Sen. Raatz, click here.