About Us

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.

Team Expertise

OWBLA Capabilities and Support

  • Public-Private Partnership Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Secondary Education Requirements
  • New High School Graduation Pathways
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Post-Secondary Training Options
  • Graduation Requirements
  • In-Demand Industry Certifications
  • Industry Human Resources Support
  • U.S. DOL Rules/Restrictions
  • Business Development
  • Work-Based Learning Grant Opportunities (Federal and State)
Graphic depicting the partnership between Industry and Education. The graphic shows the 6 industry focus areas of Next Level Jobs, a handshake, and a graduation cap represeting education.

Staff Bios

OWBLA Leadership
Previously, he served as Vice President of Stark Industries, an aerospace manufacturing company, in Terre Haute, Indiana. In that role, he was responsible for business development, military and government relations, and workforce development. Appointed by Gov. Mike Pence in 2014, and reappointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, Mr. Zeck served as a State Trustee for Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana where he held the positions of board secretary and chairman of the Workforce Alignment Committee. On a national level, he was a member of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee for the Association of Community College Trustees, and has also served on various community and professional boards. In addition to being a pilot for more than 25 years, he is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he worked with Air Force One and other special operations missions. Most recently, he worked in command and control with the 181st Intelligence Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard.
Regional Directors
Previously, Claire spent 11 years with Ivy Tech Community College in the East Central region serving on the Marion, Muncie and Anderson campuses. Most recently she was the Director of Apprenticeships, Internships, and Workforce Education. She also held roles as Program Chair of Agriculture and the Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Industrial Technology schools. Claire taught in the public school system as a high school science teacher prior to joining Ivy Tech. She began her career in the animal industry after graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. As she transitioned into education she earned a Teaching Certificate from Indiana Wesleyan University and then a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Communication and Education from the University of Florida. At each step in her career, her passion for work-based learning and apprenticeships has grown. She looks forward to serving the people and institutions within the eastern part of the state by strengthening public private partnerships and growing communities.