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

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, February 2018

Subscribe to the ROI Newsletter. In this issue: CEO Update Save the date for the ROI Annual Report to the Region Occupational Needs Assessment underway Thank you to our sector partners! ROI education initiatives show impact in 2017 STEM Fellows tour IVY Tech labs, discover new ways to integrate technology in the classroom Former GM executive … Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, February 2018

Crane Workplace Simulation Project gives students real-world STEM experiences

On Friday, January 23, Bloomfield High School hosted ROI to see this year’s Crane Workplace Simulation Project presentations. The semester-long program pairs volunteers from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, with students to actively engage in projects that prepare them for what STEM-related careers are like. The Workplace Simulation Project was launched in the Bloomfield School … Continue reading Crane Workplace Simulation Project gives students real-world STEM experiences

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 … Continue reading Southwest Central Indiana schools awarded Lilly Endowment counseling grants

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

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

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