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Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, November 2017

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In this issue:

  • Ready Schools visit student-run machine shop
  • Out-of-school STEM grants provide more high-quality learning opportunities for K-12 students
  • Regional schools awarded Lilly Endowment counseling grants
  • ROI collaborating on key issues facing Southwest Central Indiana
  • Skill UP! work-based learning provides authentic job experiences & soft skill development
  • Next Level Jobs to provide funding for Indiana workers and employers
  • ROI welcomes Brian D. Blackwell as Director of Industry and Quality of Place Initiatives
  • ROI adds Scott Johnson as Sector Specialist
  • Upcoming events in Southwest Central Indiana

Ready Schools visit student-run machine shop

Cardinal Manufacturing Tour
The ROI team and the 2017 cohort of Ready Schools recently joined the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) for a visit to Cardinal Manufacturing at Eleva-Strum Schools in Strum, Wisconsin. Cardinal Manufacturing is a student-run machine shop that teaches students needed technical or soft skills. These high school students learn to manage a project and business. Designed as a vehicle to address the local skills gap in advanced manufacturing, Cardinal Manufacturing does welding, fabrication, and CNC machining for local companies and members of the community. Read more. Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, November 2017

Skill UP! work-based learning provides authentic job experiences & soft skill development

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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

Southwest Central Indiana schools awarded Lilly Endowment counseling grants

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.

Brown County Schools, Bloomington Project School, Monroe County Community School Corporation, and Orleans Community School Corporation were among 52 Indiana school corporations and charter schools selected for the grants designed to develop “best practice comprehensive counseling models that effectively address the academic, college, career, and social and emotional counseling needs of their students.” ROI applauds these schools for bringing educators and communities together to address this critical need in schools.

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Ready Schools visit student-run machine shop

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The ROI team and the 2017 cohort of Ready Schools recently joined the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) for a visit to Cardinal Manufacturing at Eleva-Strum Schools in Strum, Wisconsin. Cardinal Manufacturing is a student-run machine shop that teaches students needed technical or soft skills. These high school students learn to manage a project and a business. Designed as a vehicle to address the local skills gap in advanced manufacturing, Cardinal Manufacturing does welding, fabrication, and CNC machining for local companies and members of the community. Continue reading Ready Schools visit student-run machine shop

ROI welcomes Brian D. Blackwell as Director of Industry and Quality of Place Initiatives

blackwellRegional 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

ROI awards $275,000 in grants to community foundations for out-of-school STEM learning opportunities

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.

Out-of-school STEM learning occurs outside of the traditional school day, including before and after school and summer programs, and may be provided by school districts, community organizations, nonprofits, and cultural institutions such as libraries and museums. Examples of out-of-school STEM programs include robotics clubs, coding programs, makerspaces, STEM camps, industry mentorships, and career exploration experiences. Continue reading ROI awards $275,000 in grants to community foundations for out-of-school STEM learning opportunities

New Indiana-based Applied Research Institute forms significant board; funds first major project

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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.

Through ARI, organizations will have streamlined access to more than $1 billion in state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and research facilities across Indiana including Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), Indiana University, Purdue University and the Battery Innovation Center (BIC). Continue reading New Indiana-based Applied Research Institute forms significant board; funds first major project

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, July 2017

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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

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

Boot camp allows educators to explore work environments in advanced manufacturing, life sciences and defense industries

Externship program gives teachers opportunity to learn about careers in Southwest Central Indiana’s key industry sectors.

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Teachers observe production at Cook Polymer Technology in Bloomington, IN.

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.

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Six Southwest Central Indiana school districts and communities selected for first cohort of ROI Ready Schools Initiative

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.

The Ready School Initiative will provide up to $150,000 in funding to each grantee to support a year-long development process. Grantees will engage district, community, and industry stakeholders to better align educational programming with the workforce opportunities across the Southwest Central Indiana region. Continue reading Six Southwest Central Indiana school districts and communities selected for first cohort of ROI Ready Schools Initiative