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.


Perry Central Community School Corporation

  • Grant funding: $76,101
  • Private match: $37,000
  • Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing
  • Partners: Perry Central and Tell City High Schools, Ivy Tech, Vincennes University Jasper Campus, Perry County College, Waupaca Foundry, Inc., Conexus, ATTC (an A+ partner through Conexus), Perry County Development Corporation

HIGHLIGHTS: Development of a new curriculum in advanced manufacturing, building upon HIRE Technology and Project Lead the Way (PLTW).  Will develop an applied math course encompassing content taught in Ivy's Math 122 and VU-Jasper's Math 103.  Also, will develop a CTE Pilot course using evidence-based pedagogical models such as project based learning (PBL).  In this course, each student will complete a self-selected project in which they innovate and develop prototypes using equipment in a digital lab.

Vincennes University Jasper Campus

  • Grant funding: $250,265
  • Private match: $116,000
  • Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing
  • Partners: 4 high schools, Southern Indiana Education Service Center, Vincennes University Jasper Campus (grantee), Jasper Engines, Kimball Electronics, Toyota, Indiana Furniture Industries, OFS Brands, Master Brand Cabinets, Jasper Rubber, Wabash Valley Produce, Region 11 WIB, I69 BrainPower Group, Dubois Strong, Purdue TAP

HIGHLIGHTS: Has broad employer partnerships.  New model centered on trusted improvement methodologies (TPS, Lean Six Sigma).  Secondary academic and technology teachers will work with post-secondary faculty and trainers from area DOJOs to develop and integrate curriculum, targeting the skills gap areas of technical math, programming, mechatronics, technical communications, and soft skills.  The Conexus HIRE curriculum grid, merged with the CAP and Toyota curriculum will allow VU to develop the appropriate skills and standards recommended by industry.  Over 50 students will enroll in I.C.E. and internships, 100 in PLTW programs, and 50 in related manufacturing programs.  Specific marketing efforts will aim at counselors and parents.