Innovative CTE Curriculum Grants

The Innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum Grant program provided $4.3 million in funding to foster and scale the most innovative and effective CTE curriculum models in the state. The grant funds are a match to private investments (as authorized under IC 20-19-6-7). The Indiana Works Councils sought grant proposals that leverage evidence-based practices in the development of innovative CTE curriculum at the local level.

The grant was dispersed across two separate grant cycles announced in July 2014 and February 2015. Visit the official Innovative CTE Curriculum Grant webpage for more information.

CYCLE I GRANTS (4)

  • Elkhart Community Schools
    • Grant funding: $124,500
    • Private match: $42,500
    • Sector(s): Health Care
    • Partners:
      • 7 school districts, Elkhart Area Career Center (grantee)
      • Ivy Tech
      • IU Health Systems, Beacon Health Systems, Lycro Products Company, Morrison Industrial Equipment, Overhead Door
      • Horizon Education Alliance, Region 2 WIB, WorkOne, Business Education Roundtable, College and Career Success Coalition
    • Includes the Early College Model (Horizon).  Students who choose to enroll will participate in work-based learning through Career Pathways in Health Care. These students will graduate with stackable and portable credentials, as many as 30 transcriptable college credits, a minimum of two Health related industry certifications, worksite experience, employer mentor relationships, and ambitious yet attainable plans for future study and career advancement.  Industry partners/employers will be involved in creating the plan for the experiential learning component of the program, which will include a College and Career Exploration Seminar, mentoring, job shadowing, and a summer internship. Grant funds will be used to hire Career Advisors, who will work with industry partners as well as participating schools and Ivy Tech Community College.

  • Fairfield Junior-Senior High School
    • Grant funding: $12,917
    • Private match: $7,641
    • Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing
    • Partners:
      • Fairfield High School (grantee), Wawasee Area Career and Technical Cooperative
      • Ivy Tech
      • Goshen Die Cutting (GDC), New Horizons Aviation
      • Conexus
    • Utilizes HIRE Technology Curriculum.  Students will tour GDC facilities, job shadow, and intern with GDC, and speakers from GDC will be invited into the Conexus classes to talk with students about current trends and careers in in AML.  Courses will also help students with writing resumes and improve their interviewing skills.  Students will take exploratory technology and career courses in 7th and 8th grades to begin building a foundation for the Manufacturing and Logistics pathway.  The instructor for the proposed curriculum will be trained through a Conexus summer institute and will be considered a member of Ivy Tech's adjunct faculty.

  • South Bend Community School Corporation
    • Grant funding: $39,819
    • Private match: $13,370
    • Sector(s): Automation and Robotics (Mechatronics)
    • Partners:
      • South Bend Community School Corp (grantee)
      • Ivy Tech
      • Koontz-Wagner, General Sheet Metal, Federal Mogul
      • St. Joe County Chamber of Commerce, WorkOne
    • Curriculum will be aligned directly with the Mechatronics program at Ivy Tech with a focus on automation and robotics. Provides students with the opportunity to study for three years at the high school level, earn 34 dual credits in both academic and technical subjects, complete a Technical Certificate from Ivy Tech upon receiving their high school diploma and participate in work based learning during both their junior and senior years in high schools.  This grant would be used to fund equipment for the Mechatronics program, professional development for the teacher, support for additional academic programs needed to earn the Technical Certificate, and a work based learning coordinator for this and all other CTE programs.  Cycle 1 of this grant will cover expenses for curriculum development, laboratory planning, professional development, offering academic opportunities needed in the Technical Certificate requirements for Ivy Tech Community College, and for marketing of the new automation and robotics pathway.  Also the organization and beginning implementation of the Work Based Learning opportunities will be started. To fully implement the new advanced manufacturing pathway, Cycle 2 funding must be secured.  All students will participate in field trips, all will participate in job shadows and in the third year of the program, all students will participate in either job shadowing experiences or internships depending on age requirements.  In addition, mentors will be assigned to all enrolled students to provide guidance and networking experiences.

  • Warsaw Community Schools
    • Grant funding: $350,000
    • Private match: $160,035
    • Sector(s): Welding and Machining
    • Partners:
      • Warsaw Area Career Center
      • Ivy Tech
      • OrthoWorx, various biomedical companies
      • WorkOne
    • The curriculum will be based on a combination of models utilizing classroom instruction, extensive hands-on laboratory project time and work-based learning.  Students will use three different welding processes to obtain AWS certifications and will have advanced training in the first year of the program on all three processes.  Precision Machining Technology (PMT) students will achieve NIMS certification by implementing learned skills in the disciplines of shop safety, project layout, precision measurement, manual lathe, manual mill, CNC Programming, and CNC machine setup and operation. These skills will be proven with NIMS standard projects and rated by the Metrology Technician Committee.  Students will then continue to the NIMS online certification testing process for complete certification in the related disciplines.   Once completed, the student will move into either the work based learning pathway or continue at the career center in an advanced student learning role. Students will utilize the new project design lab and project launch center within the Precision Welding Technologies and PMT labs. The advanced learning role will offer real-world project scenarios where students will design and manufacture a project.