ROI celebrates third UpSkill cohort with signing day

Last week, ROI hosted an orientation and signing day experience for students and employers participating in the third cohort of the UpSkill Work and Learn Youth Apprenticeship program.

With the stroke of a pen, 31 new students officially embarked on their journey into the modern youth apprenticeship experience. UpSkill provides selected high school students with a paid job, career credentials, and college courses. Students work for employers in the Indiana Uplands region, and ROI provides support with student applications, interviews, placement, trainings, and ongoing guidance.

The third cohort joins 64 other young Uplanders already working hard and gaining valuable skills in the region through the two- to three-year modern youth apprenticeship experience. Currently, UpSkill has 26 active employers and 13 school partners.

UpSkill offers students the chance to get real-world experiences that are aligned with their career interests. Students can currently choose from five different pathways for their UpSkill job: advanced manufacturing, national security and defense, life sciences, business, and information technology. For employers, it is a way to locally build talent and grow their workforce. 

During UpSkill orientation, students received training on financial literacy, competency-based work plans, professional work etiquette, and soft skills. Students were also introduced to OSHA 10, Project Management, or CompTIA A+ certifications that they will complete through Ivy Tech.

After the orientation, each student proudly signed their UpSkill acceptance certificate, with their supportive employers standing behind them, beaming with pride. This fall, these dedicated students will embark on their exciting apprenticeship journeys, ready to explore new horizons and grow their careers right here in the Indiana Uplands!

UpSkill Cohort 2 Students & Employers

First NameHigh SchoolLast Name
Mae A.Edgewood High SchoolPeoples Bank
Josimar T.Owen Valley High SchoolPeoples Bank
Caleb C.Mitchell High SchoolSAIC
Keigan C.Mitchell High SchoolMitchell Novus Lab
Anthony C.North Lawrence Career CenterSAIC
Autumn C.Edgewood High SchoolVET
Troy D.Orleans High SchoolCOSMOS-Orleans
Christian F.Edgewood High SchoolMSP
Dawson F.Barr-Reeve High SchoolGraber Post
Garrett F.Mitchell High SchoolMitchell AD
Alli F.Mitchell High SchoolMitchell Novus Lab
Tyler F.Barr-Reeve High SchoolReliable MicroSystems
Ethan G.Barr-Reeve High SchoolTrueScripts
Caedon G.Mitchell High SchoolSAIC
Kyle G.Barr-Reeve High SchoolGraber Post
Ethan H.Eastern Greene High SchoolSAIC
Lacy H.Washington High SchoolReliable MicroSystems
Dustin J.Owen Valley High SchoolIvy Tech
Cody K.Barr-Reeve High SchoolTrue RX Health Strategists
Isaac K.Barr-Reeve High SchoolGraber Post
Marcus L.Edgewood High SchoolMSP
Tanden M.Salem High SchoolSalem High School IT Help Desk
Kyvan M.Owen Valley High SchoolPeoples Bank
John M.Owen Valley High SchoolIvy Tech
Taylor P.Edgewood High SchoolEdgewood High School Marketing
Zoe S.Eastern Greene High SchoolSmithville
Braxton W.Barr-Reeve High SchoolGraber Post
Logan W.Barr-Reeve High SchoolGraber Post
Wade W.Loogootee High SchoolReliable MicroSystems
Asher W.Shoals High SchoolShoals Fab Lab
Cole W.Brown County High SchoolMainstream Fiber