Office of Career and Technical Education opens applications for Education Readiness Grants; Partners with Conexus Indiana and TechPoint

2023-01-12T10:43:34-05:00January 12, 2023|

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE), in partnership with Conexus Indiana and TechPoint, has opened applications for Education Readiness Grants, which provide funding for selected schools to implement high school CTE programs in high-demand career fields, specifically advanced manufacturing and information technology. The grant aims to strengthen partnerships between industry and local schools, while increasing student access to opportunities in these career fields. Schools seeking to implement or expand select programs of study in advanced manufacturing and information technology are eligible to apply. Applications are available here and open through February 15. Grant recipients must demonstrate a direct connection with local employers in advanced manufacturing or information technology with the goal of recruiting more students to CTE and graduating job-ready students with experience and credentials needed by local employers. Schools using Education Readiness Grants must [...]

New study: Cobots, cybersecurity, sensor technology and Internet of Things defining Indiana’s Factory of the Future  

2022-12-07T08:40:37-05:00December 8, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 8, 2022) – Conexus Indiana today announced results of its annual Industry 4.0 technology adoption survey that, for the first time, shows a continuous and measurable trend in the technologies that are defining Indiana’s Factory of the Future. Conducted in collaboration with Indiana University Kelley School of Business Center for Excellence in Manufacturing, the 2022 study analyzed responses from nearly 200 Indiana manufacturers. Key findings show that cobots, cybersecurity, sensor technology and Internet of Things (IoT) are the top four technologies manufacturers expect to adopt in the next five years, each more highly anticipated than in years past. The percentage of manufacturers reporting plans to adopt cobots and cybersecurity in the next five years has doubled from 2020 to 2022, followed closely by a 25% increase in those planning to adopt sensor technology and a 68% increase in [...]

Data confirm significant impact of Manufacturing Readiness Grants program on company growth, state’s economy, Hoosier workforce

2022-09-30T07:41:38-04:00September 9, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (September 9, 2022) – Conexus Indiana announced today results of a comprehensive study measuring the impact of the statewide Manufacturing Readiness Grants program. The $138.9 million in technology adoption projects spurred by Manufacturing Readiness Grants are adding jobs, growing wages and increasing company revenues, resulting in a 26 percent internal rate of return for the State of Indiana. The Manufacturing Readiness Grants program was launched in 2020 as part of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program and was extended through a separate appropriation from the Indiana General Assembly in 2021. Since inception, $17.4 million in matching grants through 212 awards have been made to stimulate private sector investments in technologies such as next-generation machines, cobots, machine vision and additive manufacturing to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing industry. The “Manufacturing Readiness Grants Program 2022 Impact Report” [...]

State invests in future, modernization of Indiana manufacturing operations through next round of Readiness Grants

2022-06-20T09:04:27-04:00June 20, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 20, 2022) – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced the sixth round of awards totaling nearly $4 million in Manufacturing Readiness Grants to 43 Indiana businesses, supporting a projected $46.1 million in technology-enabled capital investment across Indiana. “Manufacturing is in Indiana’s DNA—we build things,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “The demand for the Manufacturing Readiness Grants program has proven time and time again to us that these investments help Hoosiers build things better.” Launched in 2020, the Manufacturing Readiness Grants program was created to stimulate private sector investments to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing industry. Since then, $17.4 million in grant funding has been awarded to 212 companies in 60 counties, prompting proposed projects with combined budgets of $138.9 million and $22 million in estimated new wages. "Technologies play a critical role in Hoosier [...]

Governor’s Workforce Cabinet awards nearly $500,000 for high school advanced manufacturing programs

2023-01-17T15:26:40-05:00May 18, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 18, 2022) The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet has awarded 6 high schools and career centers with an Education Readiness Grant. The new grant program is offered in partnership with Conexus Indiana and will support recipients in preparing students for careers in the increasingly high-tech advanced manufacturing industry. The Cabinet awarded a total of $493,397. Grant recipients will use the funding to purchase new, smart manufacturing technologies and equipment identified in their applications as they prepare to implement programs in the 2022-2023 school year. 2022 Education Readiness Grant recipients: Delphi Community School Corporation Lincoln High School Manchester Community Schools North Montgomery Community School Corporation Plymouth High School Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center Education Readiness Grants complement Indiana’s Next Level Programs of Study (NLPS), which ensures all students have access to career and technical education (CTE) with the opportunity to earn dual credits, postsecondary credentials, [...]

Thirty young professionals named to Conexus Indiana Rising 30

2022-05-12T07:42:56-04:00May 12, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 12, 2022) Conexus Indiana announced the 30 young professionals who have been named to the 2022 Rising 30 cohort. These honorees represent Indiana’s top talent under the age of 30 who will drive Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries successfully into the future. The Rising 30 program is part of Conexus Indiana’s mission to strengthen Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries and create pathways for Hoosiers to succeed in Indiana’s largest industry sector. “The advanced manufacturing and logistics industries account for more than 30 percent of Indiana’s economic output and employ more than 600,000 Hoosiers,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “Recognizing young professionals who contribute meaningfully to Indiana’s largest industry sectors is incredibly important and helps to shine a light on the many rewarding career opportunities available in advanced manufacturing and logistics. I’m thrilled to join Conexus in [...]

Conexus Indiana honors Thomas Easterday, Retired Senior Executive Vice President of Subaru of Indiana Automotive, with 2022 Andre B. Lacy Vanguard Award

2022-05-09T09:17:17-04:00May 9, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 9, 2022) Thomas V. Easterday, retired senior executive vice president of Subaru of Indiana Automotive has been named the 2022 Andre B. Lacy Vanguard Award recipient, joining an exclusive group of industry leaders recognized for extraordinary leadership and impact. Conexus Indiana presents the Vanguard Award each year to a Hoosier leader who champions the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries, models civic and philanthropic leadership and demonstrates a visionary perspective that challenges the status quo. The award is named in honor of philanthropist and business leader Andre B. Lacy who left a large footprint on Indiana as a third-generation leader of his family business, Lacy Diversified Industries Ltd. (LDI). He passed away in November 2017. Previous winners of the Vanguard Award, now in its fifth year, include F. Joseph Loughrey, former president of Cummins Inc. and a founding member [...]

Conexus Indiana partners with The Crossing School of Business & Entrepreneurship to bring Catapult to high school students

2022-04-22T16:31:04-04:00April 20, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2022) Conexus Indiana joined The Crossing School of Business & Entrepreneurship today for a ribbon-cutting event, celebrating the opening of the Manufacturing Skills Lab at the Frankfort Crossing campus in Frankfort, Ind. The center will use curriculum and equipment provided by Catapult Indiana, Conexus Indiana’s proven career training program that creates pathways to employment and career growth with local manufacturers. Catapult Indiana is a 160-hour training program that teaches broadly applicable advanced manufacturing skills to unemployed and underemployed adults and high school students through classroom instruction and simulated work experiences. Students are introduced to key advanced manufacturing and logistics principles, with a focus on developing critical thinking skills, a superior work ethic and an understanding of production processes and expectations. Each of these skills is key to entry-level employment as well as career growth. Catapult has placed [...]

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