Education & Workforce Development

Fifth Third helping to educate fifth-gradersRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
Fifth Third’s local president, Nancy Huber, said the bank is awarding $60,000 to Junior Achievement to create a student bank.
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More public schools receive A grades, fewer get F's

December 20, 2013
 The Statehouse File
More Indiana schools received top grades under a system the Indiana State Board of Education approved Friday after months of political wrangling. Among the F's was a charter school that received a controversial A rating last year.
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Ball State starting search for new president

December 20, 2013
Associated Press
Ball State University's trustees have hired an executive search firm for $150,000 to help them find a replacement for outgoing school President Jo Ann Gora.
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Pearson to close major area warehouse with 160 workers

December 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Pearson Education Ltd. plans to shut down a 1.2-million-square-foot book-distribution center in Lebanon next year, costing about 160 workers their jobs.
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Ivy Tech to debut new academic model in 2014

December 15, 2013
Associated Press
Ivy Tech Community College is moving to an automated system to advise students about what classes they need each semester and eliminating their ability to enroll as "undecided."
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Centaur gift to spur Purdue equine hospital

December 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Purdue University plans to build a $10 million veterinary hospital for horses in Shelbyville, made possible in part by a $2.7 million grant from Indiana racino owner and operator Centaur Gaming.
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Lender to buy training firm Adayana in bankruptcy case

December 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Adayana Inc. received permission this week from U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis to sell the business to a secured lender in exchange for millions of dollars in debt.
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Bennett finds state-level work with ACT testing

December 13, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a Common Core test to state education leaders.
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UIndy receives $3M to launch MBA for school leaders

December 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
The goal of the education MBA programs is to equip school leaders with business-type skills to lead well-funded schools to compete better internationally and to help the impoverished students in urban and rural schools catch up with their suburban peers.
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Pence looks to expand education overhaul

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced an expansive education plan Tuesday for his second year in office that will include seeking approval for vouchers for preschool-aged children, extending more state help for charter schools and paying for teachers to work in low-income school districts.
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Pence set to give details of new school proposals

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The governor's office says Pence will speak about those proposals in a speech Tuesday at Indiana's original state capital building in Corydon.
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IU seeks proposals for Evansville medical facility

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The university's existing Evansville campus serves students for two years. The new site would allow students to finish their medical education in Evansville.
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IU faculty question new legislative mandates

December 9, 2013
Associated Press
The head of IU's board of trustees says faculty need to accept that college standards are changing and adapt to stay ahead of the shift.
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Colleges go social in quest for young alumni donorsRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Dan Human
University and foundation leaders throughout the state are trying to find ways to target donors 35 and younger, through online tools that could be critical to future fundraising strategies.
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Region registering impressive tech-job gainsRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis’ and Carmel’s work forces were so lacking in high-tech jobs in 2001 that the void led to breakneck-speed hiring over the past 12 years as the cities caught up—faster than almost any other place in the United States.
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Endowment pledges $63M toward fight against brain drain

December 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Lilly Endowment will give nearly $63 million in grants to 39 Indiana colleges and universities to boost job prospects for their graduates, pushing the endowment's anti-brain-drain campaign to $120 million over the past decade.
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Lumina initiative aims to boost college grad ranks

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation's overall goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.
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Ritz: Power grab outlined in Pence document

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, released an internal document Wednesday that she says is evidence a new agency created by Republican Gov. Mike Pence is trying to undermine her.
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Dem lawsuit alleges school board meeting violation

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
A Democratic elections lawyer is suing the State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana's open meetings law.
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Ritz, school board members meeting with mediator

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence agreed last week to bring in the national group after disagreements escalated.
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Lawson lauds $14M union insurance plan settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
The agreement would end a four-year legal battle with Indiana's largest teachers union. But the Indiana State Teachers Association accused a Republican official of playing politics as she heads into an election year.
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School districts could recover $14 million in settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana school districts which invested in a failed union health insurance plan could get back roughly half of the money they lost, if they approve the settlement.
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State GOP leaders to drop Common Core standards

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis and Senate President David Long of Fort Wayne plan to direct the Republican-controlled Legislature to require the state to create its own set of reading and math standards.
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IU assembling plan to 'disaster proof' its campuses

December 1, 2013
Associated Press
The university is interested in receiving funding to move utilities out of bottom floors to mitigate water issues during a flood. Other options would be to retrofit buildings and create better refuge from disasters.
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Indiana robotics event aims to boost STEM interest

November 30, 2013
Jessica Contrera
Indianapolis Vex Robotics Competition is designed to buttress science, technology, engineering and math skills.
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