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November 22, 2013

Students getting a head-start on careers

Hundreds of high school students in communities throughout Indiana will get a head-start on careers in the state’s largest industry sector thanks to a $220,000 Chase grant. The grant was awarded to Conexus Indiana for its Hire Technology curriculum program that partners industry with high schools to help fill middle skill jobs in advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML).

Hire Technology, rolled out in coordination with the Indiana Department of Education and Ivy Tech Community College, is a first-of-its-kind statewide program that enables students to complete industry-recognized certificates while preparing for postsecondary programs and careers in AML.

The Hire Technology program was piloted in nine locations around the state last year, one of which included Batesville High School, with student enrollment exceeding expectations by more than 200 percent. Batesville High School was selected as a pilot location due to Conexus’ relationship with the regional Economic Opportunities through Education (EcO15) initiative that sponsors the Dream It. Do It. Southeast Indiana campaign, which helps identify, recruit and connect students with careers in advanced manufacturing and logistics.

The goal of Hire Technology is to help fill the more than 11,000 AML jobs available in Indiana each year and to develop a pipeline of qualified workers for the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. These jobs demand increasingly advanced technical skills and generally require a college degree or industry training credential.

In response to these requirements, Hire Technology is designed to give high school students the opportunity to earn dual credits through Ivy Tech Community College, and to earn industry certifications needed to succeed in an AML career.

Hire Technology was developed in partnership with industry in response to the growing demand for skilled workers in advanced manufacturing and logistics. The demand-driven curriculum is delivered through Indiana high schools and career centers and partners schools with industry representatives in each community. Conexus Indiana has more than 100 industry partners, known at A+ Partners, who are paired with schools in their communities and show students how they can apply their education to real-world situations while creating contacts with industry members close to home.

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