Northeast Indiana Colleges and Universities Network Featured in Fort Wayne Magazine

August 31st, 2021

Targeting Talent in Northeast Indiana

The Northeast Indiana Colleges and Universities Network is a collaborative effort among 10 unaffiliated higher education institutions. This unique consortium is designed to ensure that employers considering a relocation or expansion in Northeast Indiana have access to the talent they need.

Fort Wayne Magazine reporter Kevin Kilbane recently explored how the Network began and highlighted the future of the Network’s important regional economic development, business attraction and talent work.

Here's an excerpt from "Targeting Talent" published by Fort Wayne Magazine:

Few people describe Fort Wayne as a college town, but with a count of 40,000 combined enrollment in colleges and universities located in the 11 county Northeast Indiana region, Fort Wayne has a story to tell regional businesses looking to discover new talent. This number is equivalent to the student body at Indiana University in Bloomington or Purdue University in West Lafayette.

To leverage this reality, leaders of Northeast Indiana’s colleges and universities took the unprecedented step to to regularly collaborate and work together to help the region retain and attract jobs.

“I think our best opportunities are ahead of us,” said Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University in Huntington, which is one of 10 area colleges involved in the Northeast Indiana Colleges and Universities Network.

Other participating institutions include Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, the National and Global program of Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Indiana University Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, Manchester University in North Manchester, Purdue Fort Wayne, Trine University in Angola, and University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne.

“You just don’t see publics and privates (colleges and universities) getting together,” said Bill Katip, Grace College’s president.

Colleges in the Network haven’t completely set aside competition because all depend heavily on student enrollment for revenue. “We respect it,” explained Katip, who said his school serves students interested in a small, faith-based college experience. However, meeting regularly and getting to know each other has encouraged Network schools’ leaders to cooperate for the good of the region.

In a complementary article, Shindigz owner and CEO Shep Moyle recalled how the Network supported his large technology, e-commerce and party supply business as they were looking to relocate from South Whitley. As the company considered Austin, Texas and Durham, N.C., the Network stepped up to showcase the region's strong workforce pipeline to meet the needs of Moyle's growing tech company.

Hear from higher education leaders and discover more about Northeast Indiana’s robust talent pipeline by reading the latest edition of Fort Wayne Magazine.

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Learn more about how Northeast Indiana collaborates on talent to support businesses. 

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