35 educators graduate from STEM Fellow program

Nine months ago, the third STEM Fellows cohort embarked on an education and leadership journey to improve STEM education throughout the Indiana Uplands. ROI selected 35 elementary educators to learn not only STEM content and pedagogy but also peer coaching and leadership. Over the academic year, Fellows engaged in professional development in project-based learning, computer … Continue reading 35 educators graduate from STEM Fellow program

ROI opens application for first round of Ready Communities implementation grants

Ready Communities grants to enhance quality of place and workforce attraction strategies in the Indiana Uplands Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) has opened up applications for its first round of Ready Communities Implementation Grants for projects in counties that have completed a Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan. Three rounds of funding will be available … Continue reading ROI opens application for first round of Ready Communities implementation grants

ROI announces launch of $3.5 million community grant program

The Ready Communities Initiative will provide counties and communities the resources necessary to strategically plan for, develop, and implement projects and programs that build quality of place, grow regional capacity for workforce development and attraction, and improve the attributes and amenities that make the Indiana Uplands a desirable place to live, work and play.

ROI Educator Boot Camp: SAIC

ROI Educator Boot Camp Update:  This morning, regional teachers & educators visited military contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) at the East Gate Business & Tech Center in Bedford to learn about mechanical jobs available at the facility.  Thank you to Tony Kestranek who provided information about some of the SAIC’s electrical efforts, including cable manufacturing … Continue reading ROI Educator Boot Camp: SAIC

Ready Schools explore applied manufacturing and engineering centers at VU & USI

  On January 19, ROI's Ready Schools District Coordinators visited Vincennes University and the University of Southern Indiana to explore learning environments for students pursuing pathways in engineering, manufacturing, and machining. District coordinators toured VU’s Advanced CNC Machining & Programming facilities and the Hurco Training Center (HTC) used by students pursuing pathways in automated manufacturing and machining. … Continue reading Ready Schools explore applied manufacturing and engineering centers at VU & USI

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

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

Ready Schools visit student-run machine shop

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 … Continue reading Ready Schools visit student-run machine shop

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

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