Building a regional sector partnership creates a foundation for career pathways work. To unify a region, EWIN assists local leaders in education, business and economic development first develop relationships before they tackle education workforce planning together. That process includes gaining shared knowledge of the region’s education-workforce landscape including new understanding of different sectors’ challenges.

To support communities across Indiana, EWIN has provided planning/implementation grants, technical assistance and access to many best practice models and strategies. Initiating and supporting these partnerships often snowballs into investment of local resources, which in turn can expand the process and result in large-scale positive changes. When participants gain understanding and can see the potential benefits, they step up. They invest time, funding, and donations of equipment and expertise. Plus, having everyone on board ensures sustainability of programs that benefit not only students, but the local workforce and quality of life of the entire community.