“Learn and Earn Project” info sessions March 12 and 13 at City Hall

WHAT: Michigan City officials, in partnership with NIPSCO and the Indiana Plan for Equal Employment, will host two public information sessions aimed at helping Northwest Indiana residents get connected with careers in the construction and building trades industry.

Attendees will learn more about construction jobs needed for NIPSCO’s upcoming environmental improvement project at the Michigan City Generating Station intended to improve local air quality. The $250 million investment involves constructing and installing an emissions-control system known as a scrubber. Construction for the multi-year project began earlier this year and is expected to continue through 2016.

A similar partnership was forged between NIPSCO and the City of Gary in 2012, when the utility was preparing for the first phase of environmental upgrades at the R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield, Ind.

“Civic-corporate partnerships such as this not only benefit the local economy, they help strengthen our community and workforce,” said Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer.

“The upcoming construction project at the Michigan City Generating Station is not only a plus for the environment, it’s an investment in Northwest Indiana’s long-term economic success,” said Mike Hooper, vice president of major projects for NIPSCO. “Once the Michigan City project is complete, NIPSCO will have among the cleanest coal fleets in the state and will have created hundreds of local jobs along the way.”

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation
  • Mandatory drug screen

About Indiana Plan for Equal Employment: The Indiana Plan’s mission is to help minorities and women gain entry into the building trades by offering comprehensive training and assistance in finding employment opportunities. Visit www.IndianaPlan.org for more information.


Session 1: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CT

Session 2: Wednesday March 13, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Michigan City – City Hall, 100 East Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, IN 46360


Angie Nelson, NIPSCO Public Affairs, (219) 608-2204

Kalon Kubik, Office of the Michigan City Mayor, (219) 873-1400