Governor Mike Pence announced today that $3 million in grant funding, the first of $4.3 million, is available for the new Innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) curricula.
The purpose of the grants is to provide more opportunities for technical training.
The money is going directly to local organizations around the state to provide more scholarship, internship and certification opportunities in these fields. State businesses provide $4 million in matching grants as well.
Regarding the matching component, Pence said in a statement:
“We’re grateful for the high level of commitment and collaboration from our Indiana business and local workforce communities to support innovative programs that expand hands-on opportunities,” said Pence. “Thanks to the General Assembly, these ideas will take root and expand career and technical education options to better prepare Hoosiers for their futures.”
The recipients of this first round of grants are:
- Career Pathways in Health Care in Elkhart.
- Vincennes University in collaboration with Jasper Engines, Kimball Electronics, Toyota, Master Brand Cabinets and others to create a manufacturing program.
- Chrysler Group’s Advanced Manufacturing in collaboration with area high schools and Ivy Tech in Kokomo.
- Warsaw Career Center.
- Various high schools statewide will implement Conexus/HIRE Technology.
- 21 high schools in southern Indiana will implement a project-based advanced manufacturing program through the Prosser Career Education Center.
The Indiana Regional Works Council helped develop the grant proposals and the money is good starting now through Sept. 30, 2015.