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Indiana’s Applied Research Institute unveils new name and brand; awards first contract to Purdue University

Team of researchers from Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame to collaborate on trusted microelectronics project INDIANAPOLIS (April 25, 2018) ─ The Applied Research Institute (ARI), a non-profit organization supported by the Governor of Indiana, presidents of top research universities, and industry leaders and working in collaboration with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane … Continue reading Indiana’s Applied Research Institute unveils new name and brand; awards first contract to Purdue University

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

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

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, November 2017

Subscribe to the ROI Newsletter. In this issue: Ready Schools visit student-run machine shop Out-of-school STEM grants provide more high-quality learning opportunities for K-12 students Regional schools awarded Lilly Endowment counseling grants ROI collaborating on key issues facing Southwest Central Indiana Skill UP! work-based learning provides authentic job experiences & soft skill development Next Level … Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, November 2017

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

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

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

Dartlet and Fourth Economy selected to develop Southwest Central Indiana competitive identity strategy

Dartlet and Fourth Economy have been selected to develop a competitive identity strategy for Southwest Central Indiana. The two organizations will work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a strong, unifying regional identity and position Southwest Central Indiana as a desirable place for businesses and individuals to work, live, play and invest.

June 29, 2017: Results of I69 Interchange Analyses – Southwest Central Indiana

Understanding the Potential of I69 Interchanges in SWCI Learn about the potential that I69 interchange development might offer our region. HWC Engineering will share findings of their I69 interchange analyses informed both by stakeholder feedback and an in-depth review of the interchanges in Daviess, Greene and Monroe counties. This presentation will include a panel discussion … Continue reading June 29, 2017: Results of I69 Interchange Analyses – Southwest Central Indiana

Graduation and Career Coaches Open Possibilities for SWCI High School Students

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 in 11 high schools in Southwest Central Indiana. Coaches work closely with at-risk students to create individualized high school completion plans, ensure students attend school and fulfill academic requirements, and introduce them … Continue reading Graduation and Career Coaches Open Possibilities for SWCI High School Students

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, March 2017

Subscribe to the ROI Newsletter. 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 … Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, March 2017

Graduation & career coaches tour NSWC Crane

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 … Continue reading Graduation & career coaches tour NSWC Crane

IU Bloomington provost gives update on Rural Center in state of campus address

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 … 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 … Continue reading Open House: March 7, 2017

Graduation & Career Coaches Go Behind The Scenes at Cook

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 … Continue reading Graduation & Career Coaches Go Behind The Scenes at Cook

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, November 2016

Subscribe to the ROI Newsletter. 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 … Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, November 2016

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      

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 … Continue reading ROI and Ivy Tech Receive Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Award

ROI Welcomes Graduation and Career Coaches

Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) welcomed six new graduation and career coaches who will begin working in Southwest Central Indiana schools this fall. ROI, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington, is launching the pilot graduation and career coaching program in nine public school districts. Working closely with school administrators and counseling teams, the coaches will … Continue reading ROI Welcomes Graduation and Career Coaches

ROI Conducting Occupational Needs Assessment in Southwest Central Indiana’s Three Key Sectors

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI), is conducting an occupational needs assessment in the life sciences, national security and defense, and advanced manufacturing sectors in the 11-county region of Southwest Central Indiana. As part of the occupational needs assessment, ROI sector specialists will be meeting with a variety of industry partners throughout the … Continue reading ROI Conducting Occupational Needs Assessment in Southwest Central Indiana’s Three Key Sectors

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, June 2016

Subscribe to the ROI Newsletter. Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to advance economic and community prosperity in Southwest Central Indiana (SWCI). Through an initial grant by Lilly Endowment Inc., ROI is implementing an education and workforce plan and a regional opportunity fund for quality-of-place investments. From the CEO As I … Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, June 2016

ROI Launching Graduation and Career Coaching Initiative in Southwest Central Indiana School Districts

Initiative aimed at improving graduation rates and increasing the number of students pursuing post-secondary education. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI), has announced its first education initiative to support economic and community prosperity in the Southwest Central Indiana region. ROI, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington, is launching a pilot … Continue reading ROI Launching Graduation and Career Coaching Initiative in Southwest Central Indiana School Districts