Wednesday, August 17, 2022 8:20 PM
Cardinal Services recently received a $167,895 grant through the Kosciusko County Community Foundation’s Working Together Fund for equipment and operating expenses related to Cardinal Services’ new Opportunity Lab.
The Working Together Fund was created with a $4.3 million grant to the Community Foundation of Lilly Endowment Inc., according to a news release from Cardinal Services.
Working Together is a four-pillar initiative aimed at increasing participation in the Kosciusko County workforce and attracting and retaining talent. The four pillars of Working Together are 1) Workforce Housing, 2) Childcare, 3) Workforce Training, and 4) Talent Attraction and Retention. Together, the pillars nurture a healthy workforce that will keep employers in our community while attracting new employers, the statement said.
When designing Cardinal’s current main building renovations, a 3,000 square foot Opportunity Lab was an essential part of the plan. The goal of the Opportunity Lab will be to train potential workers with the skills they will need in manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality. These areas have been identified as the three areas in which there is the greatest need for employees in Kosciusko County.
Cardinal’s executive director, Vickie Lootens, points out that Cardinal isn’t waiting for construction to be complete to begin the labs’ important work. The manufacturing lab is underway as Cardinal is already in the planning process with manufacturing business partners. Certified practical nurse (CNA) training is due to begin in the fall, and equipment for the hospitality and healthcare labs has been ordered and will be in place shortly.
“Stable employment is the keystone of success for all citizens,” Lootens said. “It is our goal at Cardinal Services to ensure that anyone who wants to work, can be trained and employed, and grow as a valued member of our community.”
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