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Explore, Engage, and Experience Grant

It’s important that every student has access to pathways throughout their PK-12 education in order to help prepare them for what’s next after high school – whether that’s employment, enrollment, or enlistment leading to service. Before it’s time for a student to consider the ‘Es’ of employment, enrollment, or enlistment, though, there are three other ‘Es’ that come first – exploring, engaging in, and experiencing career options and potential pathways, which play a key role in helping students discover their purpose.

The Indiana Department of Education is now accepting applications for its new Explore, Engage, and Experience Grant. The grant is available for Indiana’s schools and local partners as they work to expand students’ access to pathways leading to high-wage, high-demand careers.

Lead applicants may include any of the following:

  • PK-12 schools*;
  • non-profit organizations;
  • education service centers;
  • higher education institutions; or
  • employers.

To elevate efforts to provide seamless transitions for students, this grant will support the development of intentional pathways for schools and communities ready to lean in on this work. In particular, the the Explore, Engage, and Experience Grant was developed with three key outcomes in mind:

Primary Outcomes:
  1. Increase the number of students earning a high-value postsecondary credential by increasing access and enrollment in Next Level Programs of Study (CTE), Indiana College Core, and/or a Graduation Pathway high-value credential.
  1. Increase the number of students engaging in high-quality work-based learning opportunities during high school.
Secondary Outcomes:
  1. Increase the number of innovative career exploration and engagement opportunities in elementary and middle school which lead to the experiences identified above.

A total of $25 million has been allocated towards this grant. Individual awards will be determined based on the intended outcomes resulting from the grant, including the number of students who complete a credential and/or work-based learning experience through the partnership.

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*Please note: regardless of who is applying as the lead applicant, all successful applications must include a partnership and commitment from a K-12 partner(s).