Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI)

The Center of Workforce Innovations is a multi-management nonprofit and considered a driver of workforce development in Northwest Indiana. Their understanding and expertise associated with aligning workforce skills to meet the needs of employers, and elevating talent for emerging next generation jobs is why CWI is a trusted workforce leader


CWI works focuses on connecting private sector leaders with policy makers from government, education, economic development, labor and community based organizations to develop strategic action plans grounded in both quantitative and qualitative data.  Providing tools and information to work smarter through their data drive and outcome based services such as:

Labor Market and Data Analysis:  CWI’s on site research and data departments always provides the most current figures and profiles when it comes to our region’s labor market and economy.

Workforce and Organization Development: Through staff support of the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board and management of the regional One-Stop (WorkOne) system, CWI can provide cost-saving assistance on a company’s many workforce needs.  In addition, with experience working in over 35 states, CWI’s consulting and project management services work has focused on connecting private sector leaders with policymakers from government, education, economic development, labor and community based organizations.  This strategic approach has allowed them to create customized solutions to meet the needs of the client.

Education, Training and Career Planning:  Considered a partner and resource in education and training communities, CWI supports and delivers services for regional adult education and serves as the managing partner of the READY NWI initiative.


Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Apprenticeship
  • Employee Development
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education
  • Internship Program
  • Student Training
  • Student Placement

Libraries and Research

  • Company Data/Prospect Lists
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Health and Safety Training

Marketing and Sales

  • Demographics/Census Data

Networking and Associations

  • Industry Specific
Primary Contact
Shawn Sahlhoff
2804 Boilermaker Ct
Ste E
Valparaiso, IN 46383