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.


Jay School Corporation (JCMA)

  • Grant funding: $152,776
  • Private match: $62,514
  • Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing
  • Partners: Jay School Corp (grantee), Blackford Schools, Area 18 CTE District, Vincennes University, Tyson, FCC, Fort Recovery Industries, Sunoco, John Jay Center for Learning, CELL, Conexus

HIGHLIGHTS: Proposes to innovate the implementation of the Conexus/HIRE Technology curriculum by embedding it in a Project-based - Early Credentialing high school model that synthesizes the roles and resources of secondary, post-secondary, adult workforce development, and local manufacturers in five ways:  1.) provide students the opportunity to earn an Ivy Tech Technical Credential in Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics prior to graduating high school.  2.) Develop curriculum that connects competitive high school robotics to existing Ivy Tech MRPO Advanced Manufacturing courses offered in Indiana high schools.  3.) Develop curriculum to evaluate and report Soft Skill attainment for high school students in each CTE pathway that includes creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork, time management and work ethic.  4.) Create work-based experience curriculum and “on-the-factory-floor” instructional opportunities for students, teachers and counselors.  5.) Integrate our innovative CTE curriculum fully with the John Jay Center in order to provide integrated services that are student and adult centric.


New Castle Community Schools

  • Grant Funds Allocated: $49,982
  • Private Matching Funds: $48,380 
  • Sector: Precision Machining 
  • Key Partners: 7 regional manufacturing businesses (not named), Ivy Tech 
  • Start Date: Fall 2015 (currently in place but will expand with this grant) 
  • Metrics: 
    • 30 students enrolled 
    • 100% of students earning certifications (NIMS, Technical Certificate in Machine Tool Technology)
    • 100% of students earning dual credits


  • Curriculum will be developed for IDOE courses Precision Machine Trades 1 & II, each involving 1080 hours of instruction.
  • Six week Capstone Internship opportunities will be available during the Summer to students entering the 2nd year of the program.
  • Ivy Tech provides assistance for students enrolled in My Foundations, providing instruction for students not meeting academic levels on AccuPlacer necessary for upper level classes.
  • Utilizes Tooling U software to create a competency based model of instruction.