Talent and Workforce Development

Terre Haute and the entire region is home to five higher education institutions who work closely with the area’s business leaders and employers.  Degree programs, certifications and courses are created to meet the needs of employers today, and tomorrow, ensuring students have the skills and resources they need to succeed.  There are several area organizations focused on connecting and building community leaders. If you would like to learn more about the programs and connect with these organizations, view the details below.

Wabash Valley Leadership Institute


Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) and the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce have partnered to launch the Wabash Valley Leadership Institute (WVLI). As a collaborative effort between the two organizations and with the support of community organizations and sponsors, the purpose of the WVLI is to engage and energize leadership efforts in the Wabash Valley. The program curriculum will focus on leadership skills with the intended effects of personal growth in leadership, organizational behavioral skills, and potential community growth in a leadership capacity. Learn more about the program and dates at smwc.edu.


Terre Haute Young Leaders


Terre Haute Young Leaders began in 2006 under the leadership of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce focusing on preserving, protecting and promoting a business-friendly environment for the community’s young professionals.


We believe in the importance of retaining talent for local businesses. The Terre Haute Young Leaders committee is a professional development program of the chamber that aims to support young talent and provide them with professional development and networking opportunities. From educational seminars to social networking activities, Terre Haute Young Leaders works to captivate the young professional audience and initiate their involvement in the local business community. The mission of the Terre Haute Young Leaders is to motivate young professionals to become more engaged in our community. Learn more at TerreHauteYoungLeaders.com.

Purdue Extension
Leadership Vigo County


Purdue Extension’s Community Leadership Program is a locally hosted leadership development course for adults who want to make a difference in their communities. Through this series of 11 interactive modules, participants learn about their own leadership capacity, the people, organizations and institutions that make up their communities and how they can engage in serving their communities more deeply.


In many Indiana counties, the new Community Leadership Program is developing into an annual offering that engages many community partners in preparing the next generation of leaders. Participants completing all the course requirements receive an official Purdue Certificate. Learn more about this program here at Purdue.edu.