Governor Announces Career Education Grants
July 7, 2014 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced grant awards of a little more than $3 million dollars for new Innovative Career and Technical Education Curricula on Thursday.
The grants – funded by the General Assembly – are designed to encourage new and collaborative career and technical training opportunities for Hoosier students. Several businesses in the state have partnered to provide more than $4 million dollars in matching funding and services to support the first grant awards. The projects the grants fund will work in conjunction with 11 regional works councils around the state.
“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,” Pence said in a statement. “Thanks to the General Assembly, these ideas will take root and expand career and technical education options to better prepare Hoosiers for their futures.”
Careers targeted for the grant applications include health care, logistics, energy production, entrepreneurship, and engineering among others.
Jackie Dowd, the governor’s special assistant for career innovation, said the Works Councils are eager to implement the plans and develop curricula that will sustain future educational opportunities.
“The business community recognizes the value in these educational partnerships and has exceeded expectations through their commitment to invigorate students’ learning experiences and pave the way for a more highly-skilled workforce in their respective communities,” Dowd said in a statement.
The period in which the funds must be spent began Tuesday and will continue through Sept. 30, 2015.