The Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship is comprised of a unique blend of industry and education professionals who have extensive experience implementing work-based learning programs. These important programs enable businesses to establish high quality talent pipelines and help foster student employability skill development, for both youth and adult populations.
Click here to view the Executive Order, signed by Governor Holcomb, which established the Indiana Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship.
Prior to his current role, Jason worked for 16 years in secondary education as a teacher, administrator, mentor and CTE coordinator in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area. While working on his first masters, Jason developed the University of Louisville Project Graduate program, helping hundreds of adult learners and returning veterans reenroll in college and complete degrees that they had previously started. This work inspired his passion for helping people choose their path in both education and life. As a member of the original steering committee and academy coach, he championed the implementation of the Ford Next Generation Learning model at Greater Clark County Schools and the transition to high school career education. He fundamentally believes in the importance of quality partnerships between community, business and education. Jason is a father of two and is dedicated to serving the great people of Southern Indiana.
Prior to this position, Matt served 15 years in public education as an English teacher and College and Career Readiness Coordinator. As a teacher, Matt primarily worked with senior students to develop employability skills through a project-based learning course he created focused on career exploration and work-based learning experiences. As a coordinator, Matt expanded internships and mentorship opportunities for students through various business and community engagement initiatives.
Matt is passionate about developing strategic partnerships between education and industry. He served as a member of the Career Coaching and Navigation Action Team created under the direction of Governor Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet. He also served on an Indiana Department of Education committee that drafted Indiana’s K-12 Employability Skills Standards. Matt is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a BA in Education and an MA in English. He also holds a Career and Technical Education License in Business and Marketing.
Clara is a hybrid professional with over 10 years of extensive operations experience in planning, budgeting and human resource in the US and Europe.
In her prior role as a Recruitment Consultant for the State of Indiana, Clara fostered an environment of collaboration and ensured that Talent Management objectives were clearly defined by analyzing employee data to boost agency culture and morale. Her strong communication and client service skills enhanced the State of Indiana’s process-driven management philosophy.
She began her career as an Operations Specialist and evolved into positions including a Business Analyst and Senior Consultant where she managed a global team of 5. She has successfully functioned in both public and private sector environments and is excited to be joining the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship
Clara’s passion for building a strong community shows through her continued volunteer partnerships with Habitat for Humanity where she serves as a Homeownership Advisor. Clara is also a member of the Young Professionals of Central Indiana and has three degrees from Indiana Institute of Technology including a dual Masters in Marketing and Finance.