Chase Grant Awarded for Statewide High School Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Curriculum

Students to earn credentials, dual credits through Conexus Indiana’s Hire Technology curriculum 

(INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 29, 2013) ─ Hundreds of high school students in communities throughout Indiana will get a head-start on careers in the state’s largest industry sector thanks to a $220,000 Chase grant. The grant was awarded to Conexus Indiana for its Hire Technology curriculum program that partners industry with high schools to help fill middle skill jobs in advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML).

Hire Technology, rolled out in coordination with the Indiana Department of Education and Ivy Tech Community College, is a first-of-its kind statewide program that enables students to complete industry-recognized certificates while preparing for post-secondary programs and careers in AML. 

The Hire Technology program was piloted in nine locations around the state last year with student enrollment exceeding expectations by more than 200 percent. It is now available to students from more than 75 schools statewide.

The goal of Hire Technology is to help fill the more than 11,000 AML jobs available in Indiana each year and to develop a pipeline of qualified workers for the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. These jobs demand increasingly advanced technical skills and generally require a college degree or industry training credential.

In response to these requirements, Hire Technology is designed to give high school students the opportunity to earn dual credits through Ivy Tech Community College, and to earn industry certifications needed to succeed in an AML career.

“It is essential that the public and private sectors are working together to create career opportunities for our young adults, as well as making sure that our students are properly trained for those positions,” said  Bob McElwain, head of Chase Middle Market Banking in Indiana.  “Conexus Indiana plays a crucial role in ensuring this collaboration, and we are confident that the Hire Technology initiative will jump start the careers of hundreds of students, while helping fill a critical need of our manufacturing industry.”

Hire Technology was developed in partnership with industry in response to the growing demand for skilled workers in advanced manufacturing and logistics. The demand-driven curriculum is delivered through Indiana high schools and career centers and partners schools with industry representatives in each community. Conexus Indiana has more than 100 industry partners, known at A+ Partners, who are paired with schools in their communities and show students how they can apply their education to real-world situations while creating contacts with industry members close to home.

“Conexus Indiana is pleased to welcome Chase as a major contributor to our Hire Technology curriculum program,” said Steve Dwyer, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana. “The Chase team spent considerable time to fully understand the program and its mission. To have their endorsement speaks volumes to what we are doing and to Chase’s commitment to Indiana.”

Hire Technology is possible through funding by organizations such as Lilly Endowment Inc., Chase and Ivy Tech Community College, as well as through significant contributions from industry partners.

About Conexus Indiana:

Conexus Indiana is the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, dedicated to making Indiana a global leader. Conexus is focused on strategic priorities like workforce development, creating new industry partnerships and promoting Indiana’s advantages in manufacturing and logistics.  Learn more at www.ConexusIndiana.com.

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