At 18, Jim Smoak finished high school in South Carolina, grabbed his banjo and suitcase, and hit the road to go see the Grand Ole Opry. This trip ultimately kicked off his impressive career as a bluegrass musician where he played alongside Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. This summer the Washington County resident and … Continue reading Bluegrass behavior: Indiana Uplander recognized by governor for influential music career
Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation have officially announced Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) 2.0
Valerie Barmes and her family drove 20 minutes for a day of fun at the new all-inclusive playground at Longfellow Park in Washington. Her 2-year-old son uses a wheelchair and has mobility issues. "He isn’t able to create his own fun, so really whenever we play with him we have to create fun for him," … Continue reading ‘They are all just kids here’: All-inclusive playground ready for play in Washington
Four schools in the Indiana Uplands have been selected to join ROI’s UpLabs network, a collaboration of schools that have embedded digital fabrication labs to empower students as adaptive problem solvers through making. With state-of-the-art equipment and project-based learning instruction, these labs are developing a region of makers ready to excel in the next generation … Continue reading Four schools added to UpLabs Digital Fabrication Lab Network
Take a stroll around the Jasper Courthouse Square and you will see revitalization in action. On one corner is a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs, perfect for a fall evening gathering with friends. Another corner has a group of large swings perfect for soaking up the sun and the scenery of the historic downtown … Continue reading Revitalization in action: Jasper Courthouse Square project progressing
ROI has selected Barr-Reeve Community Schools, Crawford County Community School Corporation, and East Washington School Corporation for participation in the fourth cohort of ROI’s Ready Schools initiative.
Regional Opportunity Initiatives has selected four projects to receive Digital Towns funding to improve digital equity and inclusion in the Indiana Uplands.
Westcott Lifestyle Neighborhood features paired homes, Smithville Fiber and smart home features.
ROI conducted a signing day experience for students and employers participating in the second cohort of the UpSkill Work and Learn program.
Career Connected Learning (CCL) in Brown County offers students career-related opportunities such as career exploration, career engagement and career experiences that all require local industry partnerships. Our Brown County Schools students are involved in CCL activities throughout K-12, but there’s a new opportunity that’s unique to our high school students. Brown County High School sophomores … Continue reading EAGLE CORNER: Career Connected Learning offering apprenticeships to local students
UpSkill is a two- to three-year work and learn experience that provides selected high school students with a paid job, career credentials, and college courses.
On May 16, representatives from Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI), Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC-Crane) hosted a special recognition lunch at Naval Support Activity Crane for the seven inaugural participants in the Supply Chain Management - Department of Defense Military Certificate program.
Two talent development programs have been awarded READI funding to prepare high school students and adults for regionally relevant, high-demand careers in the Uplands.
Indiana Uplands students are discovering career pathways and regional employers are growing their workforce through ROI's UpSkill Work & Learn, a modern youth apprenticeship program. UpSkill students gain real-life work experiences and connections they can use in future careers in the Uplands. ROI had the opportunity to speak with six UpSkill students about their experiences … Continue reading UpSkill Work & Learn: A Modern Youth Apprenticeship Program
On April 25, ROI convened 100 Indiana Uplands students from eight high schools gathered along with 50 school educators, administrators and industry leaders in Brown County for the second annual Uplands Made student-run business conference. At the event, students toured Eagle Manufacturing’s new facility, showcased their products, and led presentations on screen printing, production management, … Continue reading Photo Gallery: Second annual Uplands Made conference