In an effort to bolster the talent pool in the Bloomington, Indiana, area, one company says its new employee training program will be so exceptional that workers will be hugely excited to take advantage of it. At no cost to them, employees at the Cook Group will be able to earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) or an associate's degree through the program. About half of Cook’s global workforce is located in the Bloomington area, and the organization, which manufactures medical devices, says expanding its talent pool is “absolutely critical.” “In our community alone, 30,000 people have not yet achieved their high school diploma, and that’s a group of people that we’d really like to work with and help them have the opportunity to come to Cook,” says Cook Group President Pete Yonkman. “Our industry is changing every day; the requirements are becoming more, not less.” The two free education tracks will encourage workers to earn new certifications and degrees to help them advance their careers. A third program offered will provide tuition assistance to employees enrolled in bachelor's or master's degree programs.