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ROI Annual Report to the Region

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Join us for our first annual report to the region!

Wed, April 26, 2017
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

French Lick Resort Event Center
8670 Indiana 56
French Lick, IN 47432

Register Now!

Agenda:

9:30 to 11:00: ROI’s Annual Report to the Region
This year’s report to the region will focus on learnings from the recently completed Occupational Needs Assessment and ROI’s response to the key takeaways. ROI will announce new initiatives that will launch immediately or in the coming quarter to address education, workforce, and quality of life in Southwest Central Indiana.

11:30 to 1:00: Working Group Sessions
These sessions are open to regional stakeholders interested in engaging with the ROI team around topics of significance in Southwest Central Indiana. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about work to date, next steps, and opportunities for engagement. Time will be provided for input and engagement. Lunch provided. If interested in attending, please register for only one of the work group sessions.

Working Group 1. SWCI Pathway Alignment: It’s More Than CTE
Facilitator: Todd Hurst
How should this region approach the development of pathways to align with the very distinct needs of regional employers? How might we scaffold and align educational experiences from elementary school through post-secondary education to better prepare students for education and career opportunities?

Working Group 2. Quality of Place in Southwest Central Indiana
Facilitator: Tina Peterson
How might ROI work with others across the region to address quality of place using grant making and convening strategies?

Working Group 3: SWCI Sector Strategies
Facilitators: Angel Reece and Laura Englander
What does sector data tell us about SWCI’s key sectors and the critical role they must play in supporting education and workforce initiatives in our region?

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Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, March 2017

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Advancing economic and community prosperity in an 11-county area that encompasses Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties.

CEO Update

Regional Partners,

The Strategic Plan for Economic and Community Prosperity offers a roadmap, of sorts, for building a better Southwest Central Indiana. It reminds us of the exceptional assets housed here in our region, highlights the wealth of opportunity that exists, and challenges us to strategically address barriers to success.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) has been working with stakeholders across the region to build a framework for implementing education/workforce and quality of place strategies, informed by the Strategic Plan.  We know that for Southwest Central Indiana to fulfill its potential, stakeholders across the region must strategically and purposefully pursue a shared vision for success. Our schools, our employers, and our communities must come together to ensure we are prepared to achieve, to advance, and to excel. In short, SWCI must be Aligned and Ready.

On April 26th at French Lick Convention Center, ROI will convene its first Annual Report to the Region. We will share learnings from our Occupational Needs Assessment — to be officially released in the first week of April.   We will announce initiatives and investments that are ready for implementation and engage regional participants in planning sessions around work in progress.

Please plan to join us in French Lick on the 26th as we pursue the next leg of our journey, en route to a prosperous future for our 11 counties, our SWCI.  Look for registration details this week.

-Tina Peterson

News & Updates


Regional Educators and Career Coaches Tour Cook and NSWC Crane

Joined by educators, school counselors, and administrators, ROI’s graduation and career coaches recently toured Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane Division and Cook Medical to see operations first-hand. Graduation and career coaches will use the experience to inform students of employment opportunities and assist in developing industry-aligned postsecondary plans. Next up is a visit to Jasper Engines. Read more.

ROI Creating Internship Opportunities for Regional Information Technology Students

In October, The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) awarded ROI and its regional partners a Skill UP! Indiana grant to create Information Technology internship opportunities across multiple industry sectors in Southwest Central Indiana.

ROI is implementing a 3/2 work and learn model for IT students attending Ivy Tech, Vincennes University, and Indiana University. The goal of this initiative is to create a pipeline of qualified IT talent to fulfill the specific needs of local industry sectors and further stimulate workforce in the region. Read more.

Regional Educators Invited to Participate in Summer Externships

ROI is partnering with the IU School of Education Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration and DirectEmployers Institute to create an educator externship program, called the SWCI Educator Boot Camp. Teachers, counselors, and school leaders will spend 2-4 days within host companies learning about the skills and abilities needed at different employment levels within the organization. Participating companies include Jasper Engines (Crawford Plant), Singota Solutions, Baxter, Boston Scientific, Crane NSWC, COOK, a consortium of Lawrence County companies, and other employers in Southwest Central Indiana.

The program is modeled after one that takes place in Dubois County. These types of programs aim to foster relationships between school systems and relevant local industry, increase educator awareness of the types of careers available regionally, and enable schools to better align curriculum, counseling, and experiential learning to prepare young people for life after high school.

This opportunity is available to 50 educators across Southwest Central Indiana. The deadline to apply is April 14. Learn more.

ROI to Establish A Regional Council

ROI is working with regional partners to identify representatives to serve on a council representing the 11 counties of SWCI – Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington. Members of the Regional Council will be respected thought leaders in their counties committed to regionalism.

Regional Council members will facilitate communication with key stakeholders and community leaders, advise on regional strategies, provide local perspective, and convene communities to take advantage of regional initiatives and opportunities. Look for more information on the Regional Council on April 26 at ROI’s Annual Report to the Region.

I69 SWOT Analysis in Process

HWC Engineering has been engaged to support SWCI in developing an understanding of the opportunities and constraints for development along the I69 corridor in SWCI. The focus of this analysis will be on establishing a shared vision for how interchanges in Daviess, Greene and Monroe counties could operate as a system to support the broader needs and opportunities in our region.

Diverse participation will be essential to this process, and HWC is reaching out to stakeholders in the region to gain an initial understanding of the current landscape. Additional opportunities for regional engagement will be included in each phase of the work.

We anticipate that this analysis will be completed by June. Results will be made available to regional stakeholders and will be used by ROI to inform its work moving forward.

ROI Welcomes Three New Staff Members

ROI has added three new staff members! Get to know Matt DeGolyer, Adrienne Evans Fernandez and Michi McClaine.


Matt DeGolyer

Work-Based Learning Specialist

Matt is a former public school teacher with experience in the life science and healthcare sectors. Matt will be working with regional employers to design and implement work-based learning experiences for students in the field of information technology.


Adrienne Evans Fernandez

Education Specialist

Adrienne is veteran high school and college-level STEM educator who has developed curricula for fellow teachers, after-school and youth outreach programs, including professional development workshops for teachers using NASA education products.


Michi McClaine

Assistant Director for Education Initiatives

Michi’s K-12 public education experience includes teaching, administration, and leadership in curriculum and instruction. She will be working with ROI on the development and implementation of our education initiatives.

Upcoming Events in Southwest Central Indiana

Below is a summary of upcoming ROI events and those from our industry partners and organizations in Southwest Central Indiana. 

March 28-30: Economic Development for Community Leaders Conference
French Lick Resort. Presented by Radius Indiana.

April 7-8: Combine Conference
Monroe Convention Center. The Combine is a conference exploring the entrepreneurial spark at the intersection of community, culture, creativity, capital, and code.

April 15: Crane Land, Air & Sea Challenge
Ivy-Tech – Bloomington. This STEM robotics challenge exposes high school students to the engineering process through the design of unmanned vehicles that compete in predefined sets of challenges. Sign up to volunteer or judge.

April 26: ROI Annual Report to the Region
French Lick Resort. ROI will share learnings from our Occupational Needs Assessment and announce initiatives and investments that are ready for implementation. Register now!

April 27: O’Bannon Institute for Community Service
Ivy Tech – Bloomington. An annual event, Ivy Tech’s O’Bannon Institute brings focus to community service, service-learning, and civic service-learning.

Do you have a regionally relevant event to share? Contact Betsy Trotzke, ROI Communications and Marketing Director at betsytrotzke@swcindiana.org.

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Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc., is sharing this informational update with you  to illustrate the activities currently underway to ensure long-term prosperity and quality of life in Southwest Central Indiana. We hope you find this information helpful and encourage you to share it with colleagues. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

Graduation & Career Coaches Tour NSWC Crane

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Joined by educators, school counselors, and administrators, ROI’s graduation and career coaches got a unique opportunity to tour Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane Division facilities on Thursday, March 9. The tour allowed educators from Southwest Central Indiana to see operations first-hand. Graduation and career coaches will use the experience to inform students of employment opportunities and assist in developing industry-aligned postsecondary plans.

A partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the ROI graduation and career coaching pilot initiative began at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and is in operation eleven school districts in Southwest Central Indiana. Continue reading Graduation & Career Coaches Tour NSWC Crane

IU Bloomington Provost Gives Update on Rural Center in State of Campus Address

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Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel previewed the IU Center for Rural Excellence in her 2017 State of the Campus address on Tuesday, March 7:

Provost highlights progress, plans in State of the Campus address
by Steve Hinnefeld, IU Communications

A proposed Center for Rural Excellence would focus Indiana University resources and expertise on improving the lives of residents in rural and small-town communities in southern Indiana.

IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel previewed the center in her 2017 State of the Campus address, in which she proposed an “IU Corps” to coordinate volunteer and service activities by IU Bloomington students and recounted progress tied to the campus’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan.

The Center for Rural Excellence, she said, will be in the vanguard of approaches to issues facing small-town and rural areas. Its signature effort will be the Indiana Eleven Initiative, focused on Monroe County and 10 other surrounding counties. Continue reading IU Bloomington Provost Gives Update on Rural Center in State of Campus Address

Open House: March 7, 2017

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County & Regional Opportunity Initiatives invite you to our new offices for a special ribbon cutting and open house.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
4:00-6:30 p.m.

100 S. College Ave., Suite 240
Bloomington, IN 47404
Directions

We are located in downtown Bloomington on the 2nd floor of the Chase Building at the corner of Kirkwood and College Avenues.

RSVP by March 3 to Dea Szatkowski at dea@cfbmc.org  or (812) 333-9016.

Graduation & Career Coaches Go Behind The Scenes at Cook

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Joined by educators, school counselors, and administrators, ROI’s graduation and career coaches got a unique opportunity to tour Cook Medical facilities in Bloomington on Friday, January 20. The behind-the-scenes tour allowed educators from Southwest Central Indiana to see operations first-hand. Graduation and career coaches will use the experience to inform students to employment opportunities and assist in developing industry-aligned postsecondary plans.

A partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the ROI graduation and career coaching pilot initiative began at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and is in operation eleven school districts in Southwest Central Indiana. Continue reading Graduation & Career Coaches Go Behind The Scenes at Cook

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, November 2016

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Advancing economic and community prosperity in an 11-county area that encompasses Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties.

From the CEO

Last week we had the opportunity to visit the picturesque town of Leavenworth in Crawford County, the southernmost point in our 11 county region. Looking out on hills that wrap around the Ohio River, I was reminded how much we have to be thankful for here in Southwest Central Indiana. Our region is home to exceptional landscapes, hard-working citizens, great companies, and abundant potential.

Yet, as we work toward impacting the lofty goals we have collectively established for our region, it is easy to be overwhelmed. We want every resident of Southwest Central Indiana, child and adult, to succeed. Every community to thrive. Every employer to operate at full capacity. We need per capita income to grow, for at least 60% of our employable population to have some level of post-secondary education, for all employers to have no shortage of qualified employees, and for our quality of life to be second to none.

Our will to achieve these goals was fully apparent as the ROI team and our friends from Indiana University and the Applied Research Institute (ARI) traveled across the region over the last two months. We met with community leaders – educators, employers, elected officials and nonprofit leadership – in every one of our 11 counties. The sense of possibility was palpable as we talked with one community after another and heard of their commitment to working within their communities and across the region to address our challenges and act upon our opportunities. Our conversations in each county focused on how we can work together to change the paradigm and meet the potential of our region.    Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, November 2016

ROI Awarded $134,000 Grant from DWD to Develop Information Technology Work-based Learning Opportunities      

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ROI and regional partners accepted the award at the Indiana Sector Summit on Thursday, October 20. Left to right: Commanding Officer of NSWC Crane Captain JT Elder, ROI Life Sciences Sector Specialist Laura Englander, Jasper Engines & Transmissions People Services Representative Kate Schwenk, ROI Interim CEO Tina Peterson, ROI National Security and Defense Sector Specialist Angel Reece, Radius Indiana Manager Joe Timbrook, and ROI Director of Education and Workforce Todd Hurst.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced on Thursday that Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) and its regional partners have been awarded a Skill UP Indiana! grant of $134,228. The grant will be used to create internship opportunities across multiple industry sectors in Southwest Central Indiana. The outcome of such experiences will be a more highly qualified and work-ready talent pool to meet the current and growing demand for information technology (IT) professionals.

“In our discussions with regional industry partners, we’ve identified a strong need for IT, whether the company is a small advanced manufacturing firm, a national defense engineering contractor, or a multinational life sciences company,” said ROI Interim CEO Tina Peterson. “We’re grateful to Indiana DWD for this unique opportunity to deploy a new approach to talent development and retention in the field of IT that will have a broad impact for many people, companies, and communities in Southwest Central Indiana.

The Indiana DWD launched the Skill UP Indiana! grant program in 2015 to encourage the development and enhancement of the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities that Hoosiers will need to meet the demands of the jobs of the future. The Skill UP Indiana! grant program leverages partnerships and regional collaboration for implementation of a range of initiatives leading to increased skill attainment and career exposure opportunities for Indiana youth and adult students. To date, DWD has awarded 25 Skill UP grants to regional partnerships to develop training and education programs that align to employer needs. Continue reading ROI Awarded $134,000 Grant from DWD to Develop Information Technology Work-based Learning Opportunities      

Three More School Districts Sign on to Participate in Graduation and Career Coaching Initiative

Eleven Southwest Central Indiana school districts participating in new program.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) recently added three new public school districts to its graduation and career coaching initiative, a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College. Brown County Schools, Mitchell Community Schools and North Lawrence Community Schools have joined eight school districts participating in the pilot graduation and career coaching program that launched at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

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ROI and Ivy Tech Receive Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Award

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Today, the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce announced Regional Opportunity Initiatives and Ivy Tech – Bloomington as the 2016 Franklin Initiative Golden Key Award recipients in recognition of the graduation and career coaching initiative.

Ivy Tech – Bloomington Chancellor Jennie Vaughan and ROI Interim CEO Tina Peterson accepted the awards at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Community Awards held at the Monroe Convention Center.

ROI, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington, launched the pilot graduation and career coaching program in nine Southwest Central Indiana public school districts this fall. Working closely with school administrators and counseling teams, coaches support targeted groups of students most at-risk for not attaining high school diplomas. The program is aimed at improving graduation rates and preparing students for pathways into technical certifications, associate degrees, and other postsecondary degree programs. Continue reading ROI and Ivy Tech Receive Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Award