Purdue University Genetics Research Building


Special Forces

Workforce development is at the forefront of a powerful collaboration between Greater Lafayette Commerce and the businesses and higher-learning institutions throughout the Greater Lafayette economic region.

Through education, on-site training, short-term seminars, business workshops and other activities—all created and shaped with direct input from area employers—GLC’s workforce development empowers the job seekers of today and tomorrow with the knowledge and skills they need to advance both their careers and the companies they serve.

  • Greater Lafayette’s Ivy Tech Community College offers more than 400 advanced certification training courses and 80 study programs.
  • Purdue University in West Lafayette is the 16th largest school in the country, and a recognized leader in the fields of engineering, information technology, life science and agriculture.
  • Young professionals have access to advanced specialized training at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Harrison College and the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy.
  • Covering 14 counties around Greater Lafayette, Indiana WIRED (Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development) is a $15 million, federally funded initiative to integrate education, workforce development and economic development. The goal: Build an entrepreneurship super-region, weaving 21st century skills with supportive civic networks.
  • Greater Lafayette’s Tecumseh Area Partnership is a workforce intermediary, while its REACH Center (regional employment assessment center for hiring) conducts job skills assessment and workplace readiness training.
  • Designed to bring young professionals into the seasoned business community, Tippy Connect organizes social mixers, networking events and community service opportunities for career individuals, ages 22­-39.