EWIN is a collaborative partnership between the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis and Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) with funding from DWD and Lilly Endowment.
It is imperative that Indiana increases the number of individuals in the state who complete post-secondary training; be that traditional four-year baccalaureate programs, two-year associate degrees or industry recognized certifications. Additionally, Indiana must provide clear options for students with multiple on-and-off ramps in the educational process. In order to accomplish this, the system should provide more transparency and be able to adapt to changing needs. Every student should have the opportunity to experience college classes while in high school and understand how and where those credits might transfer. High school graduation should be the indicator for college and career ready, meaning no student should waste time and money in remediation at the post-secondary level. And finally, career and technical education (CTE) opportunities should be valued and honored as the backbone to the growth of our economy. CTE programs should be the home of innovation that directly impacts the local economy.
Network of regional partnerships that include K-12 schools, higher education, adult education, industry, economic and workforce development, and other community leaders. Each is led by a strong backbone that is leading the effort in their region to create pathway system models within high wage, high demand sectors.
Through rigorous research of national and statewide promising practices, CELL is working to identify indicators of successful pathways systems. In partnership with a Pathways Advisory Council of practitioners, CELL and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute are formulating a framework of the components that lead to a successful pathways system. Examples include strong leadership, formalized structures, marking and communication, seamless professional skills curriculum, and seamless academic/technical curriculum that spans multiple systems.
A statewide technical assistance partnership between the Department of Workforce Development and CELL set the groundwork for collective impact through coalition building processes and sector partnership development. By bringing the right people to the table, setting a common vision and communicating effectively and frequently, communities can maximize the impact they have on their educational and workforce development systems. In turn, this communication can lead to local ownership and the design of a stronger, more sustainable pathways system.
Events below were set up for recipients of EWIN’s Planning Grants – however, others may want to attend or participate to support development of sector partnerships and career pathways in their communities. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have interest or questions.
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Director of Education and Workforce: Cultivation