State offers $4.3 million in grants for career and technical ed
By Jessica Wray
INDIANAPOLIS – A collaborative Indiana council that is working to close the skills gap in the Hoosier workforce announced Friday there will be $4.3 million available in grant funding to help educate students and provide technical training.
The Indiana General Assembly created the Indiana Works Council last year to bring together business leaders and education professionals. They’re working to provide programs that would connect Hoosier students to job opportunities – whether that’s through trade training or traditional higher education.
The council is in partnership with the Center for Education and Career Innovation – an organization that focuses on matching Indiana’s education standards to the state’s workforce. The grants will be used for the Innovative Career and Technical Education Curricula.
“By connecting private industry with educational partners through these grants, we have an opportunity to invigorate not only our students’ learning experiences but also the business community at large with more highly skilled and engaged employees,” said Marie Mackintosh, director of the Indiana Works Councils.
The grant is set up to be part of a match program. For every $3 in grant funding, a private donor must match it with $1.
The grants are divided into two separate cycles – grant applications are due April 30 and Jan. 2 next year.