Innovative CTE Curriculum Grant

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.


Newton County Schools

  • Grant Funds Allocated: $339,571 
  • Private Matching Funds: $135,050 
  • Sector: Agriculture 
  • Key Partners: Fair Oaks Farms, Peterson’s Ag Service, Monsanto, Newton County Surveyor’s Office, Ivy Tech, local farmers 
  • Start Date: Fall 2015 
  • Metrics: 
    • 280 students enrolled 
    • 82% earning certifications (230 students) 
    • Serv-Safe, Pre-PACPro-Start, Autodesk 
    • 55% earning dual credits (155 students)

HIGHLIGHTS: New curriculum includes three sections:

  1. Precision Farming: Merges intro and advanced agriculture courses with STEM-focused PLTW courses 
  2. Agritourism: Organic food and the farm-to-table concept 
  3. Aquaponics: Including science, business, and marketing components 

The grant will provide hands-on lab experiences for students in using GPS guided tractors, automated fertilizer dispensers that adjust for varying field types, and remote-guided drones for geospatial mapping All proposed dual credit courses are or will be aligned to Ivy Tech’s dual credit crosswalk. Juniors and seniors in each concentration will participate in multiple work-based learning experiences with seniors completing an intensive "capstone" experiential course aligned to the IDOE new Work Based Learning course titles

Pulaski County Community Foundation

  • Grant Funds Allocated: $82,354 
  • Private Matching Funds: $28,195
  • Sector: Manufacturing
  • Key Partners: Pulaski County Community Foundation, Pulaski County Economic Development Commission, Braun Corporation, Ivy Tech
  • Start Date: Fall 2015 
  • Metrics: 
    • 12 students enrolled (expanding up to 48) 
    • 75% earning certifications (MSSC)
    • 75% earning dual credits

HIGHLIGHTS: The recently formed Pulaski County Manufacturing Coalition will lead the proposed innovative curriculum, called RAM-Tech, through integration and alignment to business needs, state-approved standards, and Amatrol curriculum. The RAM-Tech pipeline program will introduce Industrial Repair and Maintenance curriculum, which "makes the industrial maintenance instruction model inherently innovative within a traditional academic high school setting."  The project will offer a Workforce Investment Act and INtraining-approved Certified Production Technician training program to help engage populations beyond traditional students

Michigan City Energy Pathway

  • Grant Funds Allocated: $223,809
  • Private Matching Funds: $141,785
  • Sector: Energy
  • Key Partners: NIPSCO, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), ArcelorMittal, Ivy Tech, Purdue North Central 
  • Start Date: Fall 2015 
  • Metrics: 
    • 115 students enrolled
    • 73% earning certifications (CEWD Energy Fundamentals, NCCER Level One Completion Certificate)
    • 59% earning dual credits

HIGHLIGHTS: The program includes Summer Energy Camps for students grades 1-12 to provide awareness and engagement opportunities. It creates a new two-credit, two-semester introductory energy course for 10th grade titled Energy Industry Fundamentals. The program also creates new, intensive, six-credit full year courses titled Energy I and Energy II for 11th and 12th grade respectively where each student will be paired one-to-one with an industry mentor. Additionally, the Energy Pathway incorporates a summer internship program sponsored by IBEW and dual credits earned through the program transfer directly to Purdue North Central’s four-year Bachelor’s Degree programs in Energy, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering.