Start your new career with LARA


LARA is an Adult Education Center with the State of Indiana Work Force Development. 

 How do I qualify for training classes?  

We assist students to qualify for free Indiana State certification training in a number of jobs listed on our web page. To qualify for free training, you must have strong TABE scores in reading, language, and math.  You must register to become a student in an Indiana adult education site such as LARA and take the Pre-TABE assessment in reading, language, and math. 

You must then attend classes either in-person or on-line and complete a learning module titled Employment Essentials which will include a post-TABE test to measure your skills gain.  If you successfully complete these steps and you agree to the time required to complete the certification training, you will be granted free training which will include tuition, testing, and in some cases, additional fees for background checks, physicals, and uniforms.  In many cases this can save you hundreds of dollars in tuition fees.   

Can I take training classes if I do not have my HSE or diploma?

Some training courses will accept students while they are working on their HSE.  You must become an HSE student first and request information on training you can begin while working on your HSE.  Bio Tech is one such local company who will employ you and pay you to earn your HSE.  

What if I have an outstanding student debt?  

You can still qualify for free funding through an adult education site such as LARA.  If you have an outstanding student debt such as at Ivy Tech, we encourage you to contact their financial aid office and ask for help to resolve the issue. Many of the certifications you earn through state training will be granted credit in Ivy Tech’s degree programs.  

Can I get help preparing for the Accuplacer Test for the ASVAB Test?   

Yes, we can help you prepare for these exams.  You would register, meet with an advisor, and take the TABE test as described above.  You would then complete the Essentials for Employment module and post-TABE test.  Included would be practice tests and teacher guidance in increasing your skills to pass the exam.  This plan will take approximately 40 hours or a minimum of three weeks to complete.  The length of time will depend on the amount of time you choose to study and your beginning skill level.  

Can I take free training if I have an Associate Degree or greater?

Training opportunities through LARA are designed for adult learners who do not have college degrees.  If you have an associate degree and greater, Ivy Tech offers certificate training to meet your needs.  If you need assistance with financial aid, ask Ivy Tech about their Workforce Initiative to assist with funding. They may have funds related to COVID relief. 

Can I take training classes if I am from another country?   

Adult learners from other countries who are here on a work visa may qualify for training programs through LARA. You must become a student in the  ELL classes to qualify.  Language development is an important part of the career training programs. 

 I have an F1 Visa.  Can I take classes at LARA? Students with an F1 Visa are enrolled in another education institution and LARA can not provide free training in your case.   

 Background Check Specific for PARA, CDA, CNA, and CDL

 A background check is required for all individuals who will likely have direct, ongoing contact with children within the scope of the employees’ employment.   Also companies who track deliveries under state guidelines will require background checks.

PARA’s If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the school corporation’s HR department at their main office.

CDA, check with local Daycare Institutions    

CNA, check with local training providers (Lightstone, Inc.)

CDL (Work One)

Indiana Code Title 20

If you have had offences in the past, there are steps you can take to build a strong positive resume.  Employment choices and community involvement are important factors.  After 10 years, some offences are excused.  However, a consistent and positive employment record is essential to improve your future employment and career options.  

 Background Checks on International Citizens

Individuals who are in the United States under a Work Visa will be required to submit a background check from their country or countries where they have lived.  This may take considerable time, so it is good to have this done early in the application process. 

Steps To Starting Your New Career

Step 2: Start Orientation Process

An advisor at LARA will meet with you and other students in a small group, to explain what services, resources, and support is offered here to help you enhance your English skills. You will be guided through the policies, procedures, and expectations at LARA during this orientation process.

Step 3: Take A Pre-Test

You will take a test known as the TABE CLAS-E which assesses your current English skills in Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking. Your test results from this exam inform advisors, teachers, and you about your current skill level, and which class level to place you in.

Step 5: Attend Class

You will meet your teacher and get to know your fellow classmates. Class time is where you get to learn and develop your English Language skills. 

Step 6: Take a Post-Test

Depending on which class level you are in (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced), you will take the TABE CLAS-E Test every 40-60 hours of attending class. This is for tracking the progress made in your English skills and to identify areas that need improvement. Your post-test scores may also give you the opportunity to advance to a higher-level class.

Are you ready to get started?

Click the button below and you will start enrolling in our Career Bound program. You are going to be sent to a different website; where you will fill out some information and start your path to a new profession with LARA.

Do you have more questions?

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