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.


Anderson Community School Corporation

  • Grant funding: $292,320
  • Private match: $79,700
  • Sector(s): Manufacturing and Logistics
  • Partners: Anderson High School (grantee), Ivy Tech, Purdue-Anderson, Greenville Technology Inc., XADS, Carter Logistics, Keihin, Mancor, Park Avenue Solutions, City of Anderson, Madison County Education Coalition, NAACP, WorkOne

HIGHLIGHTS: During the piloting process, the instructor for the manufacturing program will be consulting with Conexus, manufacturing partners which were set up through Conexus, participating manufacturers in the Economic Development Manufacturing Roundtable, and all contributing participants on the Manufacturing Advisory Board.  Since the HIRE Technology curriculum is a two-year program, Anderson will utilize that curriculum for year one in the Intro to Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics followed by year two with the Advanced Manufacturing I course.  In the first full implementation year of HIRE Technology, the instructor will be utilizing the HIRE Technology computer software-based curriculum.  This program will supplement each HIRE technology e-learning module with a project reinforcing the skills taught within the module.  Students entering the Advanced Manufacturing II course will complete a curriculum focused on the application of the two-year Conexus HIRE Technology curriculum solely through Project Based Learning (PBL).  To prepare for the 15-16 school year, a Workplace Learning Coordinator will make Workplace connections to set up additional Internship partners and aide those partners in creating the implementation of the Internship.

Central 9 Career Center

  • Grant funding: $126,900
  • Private match: $42,300
  • Sector(s): Manufacturing (may replicate curriculum for Construction)
  • Partners: 8 school corporations, Vincennes University Caterpillar Remanufacturing, Endress+Hauser, Major Tool & Machine, Westport Homes Johnson County Development Corporation, Aspire Johnson County

HIGHLIGHTS: Expanding Dream It Do It and adding an Industrial Repair and Maintenance course.  All students enrolled in Central Nine Advanced Manufacturing (Conexus HIRE Technology), Electronics, Precision Machining, and Welding will also be enrolled in one credit of Industrial Repair and maintenance. Students will be primarily enrolled in their program of choice, but would rotate as a whole class for one‐week sessions through each of the other Manufacturing Programs once a semester.  Offers PBL training and cross visits with industry for teachers.  The addition of a business/educational liaison position will provide a way to continue to strengthen relationships and connect resources. This person will be the central contact/hub for the CTE Region, and would work with both business and educational representatives in connecting resources for presentations, tours, field trips, job shadows, internships, etc.  This position of VU Recruitment Partner will serve C9 and all of its sending schools. The VU Recruitment Partner will work with high school students to utilize career assessment and interest inventories data to identify VU prospective students, increase awareness of Vincennes University and its programs/majors, and promote specifically CTE Pathways to targeted programs/majors.

CICP Foundation, Inc. (Conexus Indiana)

  • Grant funding: $289,050
  • Private match: $121,040
  • Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics (AML)
  • Partners: Conexus, Chrysler, Cummins, Allison Transmission, Region 4 WIB

HIGHLIGHTS: Focuses on summer internships for students with major industries, including Cummins, Chrysler, and Allison Transmission.  Utilizes the infrastructure of HIRE Technology, A+ Partners, and Dream It Do It Indiana.  Includes the creation of a cohort program based on industry models, which may help create a sense of AML community among participants.  This concept is transferable to additional industry clusters.

Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc.

  • Grant funding: $314,993
  • Private match: $151,800
  • Sector(s): Health, Manufacturing, and Logistics
  • Partners: Indianapolis Metropolitan High School (IMET), The Excel Center, Ivy Tech, Vincennes University, Eskenazi Health, IU Health, St. Vincent’s Health System, Applied Composites, Wood-Mizer, Global Plastics, UPS, TalentSource, Nurse-Family Partnership

HIGHLIGHTS: Focuses on both adult and high school students.  Uses HIRE Technology curriculum.  Taught at IMET and Excel Center.



Noblesville MAC Initiative

  • Grant Funds Allocated: $142,000
  • Private Matching Funds: $736,150
  • Sectors: Manufacturing, Automotive, and Construction
  • Key Partners: Key Partners: Gaylor Electric Inc., Hare Chevrolet, ABC, SMC, Lincoln Tech, Ivy Tech
  • Start Date: Fall 2015
  • Metrics:
    • 100 students enrolled
    • 100% earning certifications (APICS, MSSC, MPRO)
    • 100% earning dual credits
    • Total of 810 dual credits earned

HIGHLIGHTS: Proposing a new curriculum titled the MAC Initiative comprised of three separate areas of focus:

  1. Manufacturing: collaborating with SMC to develop a new course curriculum, expanding on the HIRE curriculum where students will learn hands-on application of in-demand skills.
  2. Automotive: collaboration between Hare Chevrolet and Lincoln College of Technology to create a new curriculum and lab space for students to begin their training as an Automotive Technician, Collision Repair Technician, or Diesel Technician
       a. Student will learn the skills and knowledge required to pursue an ASE certification
  3. Construction: will expand the courses offered in partnership with ABC to include welding due to the current industry demand and will help remove barriers for students to pursue a level-one apprenticeship status and get placed in an internship opportunity

Also creates a full-time job coach position for the first year of the MAC initiative to serve as the liaison across all three initiatives.