State IT Innovation of the Year
Indiana is having success with its State Earn and Learn, or SEAL, temp-to-hire program, which offers opportunities in IT to residents who have different work experiences, like working in Amazon warehouses or prep kitchens. Of the 17 people in the program so far, two have “graduated” and started working at the Indiana Office of Technology, with 12 more still enrolled. Participants are working in areas including cybersecurity, cloud operations and operations. “We are in a time when the government is seen as being behind, but we’re actually cutting-edge on this. We’re doing something that others really would like to have to follow in our footsteps on,” says Jon Rogers, IOT’s director of workforce planning.