Work-based learning has become a popular term among employers, educators, and education policy-makers. Loosely defined, work-based learning is an educational experience that engages students in a work experience while he or she completes a course of study. The experience allows students to build technical and professional skills and gain invaluable industry experience, while they earn credentials or degrees. The benefits of engaging students in authentic job experiences go far beyond traditional career exposure. Students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired during the educational experience in real-world scenarios. Work-based learning also allows employers to interact with and mentor young talent in the hopes of building a pipeline for a skilled workforce. Continue reading Skill UP! work-based learning provides authentic job experiences & soft skill development
Three school districts and one charter school in Southwest Central Indiana were awarded grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. to implement strategies to strengthen school counseling programs for their students.
Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) is proud to announce and welcome Brian D. Blackwell as Director of Industry and Quality of Place Initiatives. Blackwell will expand ROI’s regional engagement strategies and advance industry partnerships within Southwest Central Indiana’s advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and national security and defense sectors.
Blackwell joins ROI in December following his retirement from a 30-year career at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane). Most recently serving as Director of Engagement, Blackwell was responsible for leveraging opportunities to build state, regional, and national relationships with government, industry, academia, and the local communities. In this role, he focused on workforce development, technology, research & development, and quality of place efforts of mutual benefit to NSWC Crane and the surrounding region. Continue reading ROI welcomes Brian D. Blackwell as Director of Industry and Quality of Place Initiatives
Community Foundations in each of the 11 counties to sub-grant funds for existing STEM programs or new out-of-school programs
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc., has announced a new grant opportunity to advance K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning in all of Southwest Central Indiana’s 11 counties. Facilitated through each of Southwest Central Indiana’s community foundations, Advancing Out-of-School STEM Learning Grants will fund programs that engage youth through hands-on activities that add value and extend the school experiences.
Governor Eric Holcomb, leaders from the state’s largest military asset, industry and research universities partner to accelerate technology commercialization
Leaders from Indiana government, the state’s largest military asset, industry and research universities have established the Applied Research Institute (ARI).
ARI will facilitate and manage collaborative research teams to pursue major federal grants and contracts and perform corporate-sponsored research that will generate technology transfer and commercialization in military defense and other sectors of Indiana’s economy.
Advancing economic and community prosperity in an 11-county region that encompasses Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties.
Educators Explore Work Environments in Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, and Defense Industries
Educator Boot Camp gives teachers opportunity to learn about careers in Southwest Central Indiana’s key industry sectors.
Fifty-four educators from eight Southwest Central Indiana counties participated in a week-long Educator Boot Camp in June. Educators experienced work environments on site at regional industry employers in the advanced manufacturing, life sciences and national security and defense sectors. Participating educators each spent time in up to three host companies learning about the skills and education needed to thrive at different employment levels. Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, July 2017
Externship program gives teachers opportunity to learn about careers in Southwest Central Indiana’s key industry sectors.
Fifty-four educators from eight Southwest Central Indiana counties participated in a week-long Educator Boot Camp in June. Educators experienced work environments on site at regional industry employers in the advanced manufacturing, life sciences and national security and defense sectors. Participating educators each spent time in up to three host companies learning about the skills and education needed to thrive at different employment levels.
Initiative aims to align school districts to the education and workforce needs of Southwest Central Indiana
Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) is pleased to announce that six Southwest Central Indiana school districts will comprise the inaugural cohort of the Ready Schools Initiative. The selected districts include Brown County Schools, Loogootee Community Schools, and a collaboration of the four school districts in Dubois County: Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, Northwest Dubois County School Corporation, Southwest Dubois County School Corporation and Southeast Dubois County School Corporation.