The Indiana Uplands is blessed with a diverse array of industries with distinct specialization in advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and national security and defense. To foster positive relationships between school systems and relevant local industry, Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. has partnered with area employers to increase educator awareness of the types of careers available regionally and to enable schools to improve career awareness among their students.

This week-long job shadow experience exposes teachers, counselors, and school leaders to the wide variety of STEM-focused career opportunities available in Southwest Central Indiana. Educators will be immersed in local, sector-relevant STEM-related industries to learn about the quality jobs available in the region and the skills needed to obtain positions in each of the highlighted companies. In addition to professional development, participants will spend time working alongside industry employees learning about safety, quality assurance, lean manufacturing, rules/regulations, creative problem solving, workforce needs, and educational attainment necessary for employment.

Indiana Uplands educators who play a role in helping students plan for their education and career goals are encouraged to apply, including K-12 teachers, counselors, administrators, and other building leaders. Educators selected for the Boot Camp must be available for one week in June and attend a mandatory networking reunion held in the following fall semester. A stipend is provided. Educators who have previously participated in Boot Camp are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to new applicants.

For more information on the Educator Boot Camp, contact Adrienne Evans Fernandez at or (812) 287-8116.

Thank you to these participating companies for hosting the 2019 ROI Educator Boot Camp:

Cook Polymer
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Singota Solutions

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