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The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) recently presented its State Excellence award to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry (HIRE) program. NASWA is the national organization representing all 50 state workforce agencies, D.C., and U.S. territories.

DWD delivers a curriculum that focuses on soft skills, workplace aptitude, and motivation to help ex-offenders overcome economic development barriers and achieve employment. NASWA chose the HIRE program for its award based on its utilization of an innovative workforce development initiative to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society and find employment. By matching ex-offenders with industries that match their skills and interests, the state of Indiana hopes to strengthen its workforce and lower recidivism rates.

In order to accomplish the mission of Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD), there are two main directives to be met, according to DWD: The first is the creation and administration of programs that will enable Indiana’s workforce to be the finest in the nation. The second is the payment of unemployment claims to people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, along with the collection of unemployment insurance premiums from employers.

This was reported by NASWA on September 24, 2018.

Contact Information: Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana Government Center South, 10 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204; (800) 891-6499; Website:

Contact Information: National Association of State Workforce Agencies, 444 North Capitol Street Northwest, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20001; (202) 434-8020; Website:

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