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East Central Opportunities, Inc.




201 East Charles Street

Muncie, IN 47308-1081






24 months



POPULATION SERVED: Workers with disabilities.



BRIEF DESCRIPTION: This Work Incentive Grant project seeks to increase services to, and improve outcomes for, workers with disabilities in the labor market area identified below. In particular, the project is expected to help support the area' s three One-Stop Career Centers as they serve this population.


The Work Incentive Navigator Project is a joint effort of the East Central Indiana Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the Madison-Grant County WIB. Its goal is to assist workers who have disabilities. In addition, the applicant views this grant as a catalyst for institutionalized systemic change and describes the project as one that could have an impact on other WIBs in the state.


A key aspect of the project is its focus on two navigators who will lead, assist clients and case managers, educate other staff, and serve as a link between all involved in the project. In doing so, these individuals will serve the customers, the One-Stop Centers, and other community resources. navigators will have a wealth of specialized knowledge that customers, other staff, project managers, and outside partners can easily access.


This region will benefit from a Work Incentive Grant. People with disabilities have often been referred to vocational rehabilitation services when they attempted to use One-Stop Career Centers. A key project goal is to remedy the aforementioned situation by providing the tools and abilities to serve these clients and help them achieve successful outcomes.


Thirteen other partners involved with this project include educational institutions and programs, vocational rehabilitation services, and other job programs.



GEOGRAPHIC AREA TO BE SERVED: Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph counties. The region is facing a plant closure in Grant County that will affect 2,000 employees, many of whom have disabilities.




Patrick L. Miller