Competition for talent is fierce. Everywhere.
Growing and retaining talent in greater Evansville is a focus area for many groups, including higher education, business, economic development, workforce boards, K-12, etc. And Collaboration among these groups has produced some pretty impressive programs in Greater Evansville. See for yourself!
January 2020: Toyota’s 4T Academy will provide students with a high school based curriculum in advanced manufacturing that is dual credited by Ivy Tech, and provide on the job training at Toyota during their Junior and Senior year of high school. Seniors at Gibson County high schools will get a chance to earn money and learn a trade starting next school year through this initiative at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton.
The academic initiative was announced last week when Toyota Indiana also announced an additional $700 million in the Princeton plant and the addition of 150 more jobs by the end of 2022. Toyota says the investment completes the modernization project announced in January 2017.
Learn more about 4T Academy.
Industry + K-12 + Higher Education
April 2019: Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (EVSC) made history as the first school district in the state to offer a work-based learning program. RAMP stands for Real-World Application; Maximizing Potential and launched in Fall of 2019 through a partnership between Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and AmeriQual, LLC; a producer, packager, assembler and distributor of high quality, shelf-stable food products.
RAMP is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive work-based learning program in Indiana that completely embeds high school students within Evansville-based industry, AmeriQual. RAMP is designed for students who need additional support to complete diploma requirements and develop skills that will set them up for success throughout every stage of life.
Students accepted into RAMP will spend half of their day as employees of AmeriQual, doing hands-on learning of future readiness and technical skills. The other half of the day, students will spend in a classroom that we are building on-site at AmeriQual, mastering skills required to receive their high school diploma. Connections between the classroom content and hands-on work will be intentional and focused on developing a strong transferable skill set and technical skills.
Upon high school graduation, students can use these skills to acquire a position in a high-wage, high-demand career field or even to continue pursuing post-secondary training.
Learn more about RAMP work-based learning program.
Work-based Learning Program