Education & Workforce Development

Tough job market sinks employment agencies

September 17, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana's lofty unemployment rate not only is taking a toll on the jobless but also the recruiters that help them find work, leading to the demise of several local employment agencies.
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Education-technology agency seeks new directorRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
IHETS, the Indianapolis-based organization that helps the state’s schools and universities conduct Web and video conferencing, is looking for a new executive director.
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Airport looking for college students to serve as greeters

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis International Airport is looking for a new class of “airport ambassadors,” those helpful volunteers in the red vests who help passengers and visitors get their bearings.
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Purdue sees statewide enrollment grow 3 percent

September 11, 2009
Associated Press
Purdue University said today that its statewide fall-semester enrollment is up more than 3 percent from last year.
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Purdue lands $105M grant to fund earthquake center

September 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Purdue University announced today that it has received $105 million from the National Science Foundation to fund a center to research earthquakes and tsunamis.
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National Math Bee coming to Indianapolis in 2010

September 4, 2009
Scott Olson
The mathematical version of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is coming to Indianapolis in 2010, according to the director of the organization that hosts the event.
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Two businesses open at Flagship Enterprise Center

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Anderson-based Flagship Enterprise Center is on a roll. In the last two months, the small-business incubator and growth-stage accelerator signed up two new clients: software developers Soveryn Inc. and Coeus Technology.
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Not-for-profit wins $80K prize

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
College Mentors for Kids won $80,000 in products and services from a host of local companies in the Indy Business Makeover Competition. The winner was selected from among 10 finalists through online voting.
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Purdue business school dean to step down

August 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Richard A. Cosier, dean of Purdue University's Krannert School of Management for the past decade, plans to leave the post June 30, 2010, the university announced today.
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State education officials urge greater emphasis on two-year degrees

August 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
Only one in 12 Hoosiers has an associate’s degree. That’s a big problem because nearly half of all jobs expected to be offered in the next decade and beyond will be middle-skill jobs—which require at least some post-secondary credential, like an associate’s degree, but not a four-year bachelor’s degree.
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Ivy Tech saving facade for classroom building

August 27, 2009
Cory Schouten
Ivy Tech Community College plans to save the facade of a historic former hospital along Fall Creek Parkway and build a new 150,000-square-foot academic building behind it.
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Private colleges group launches search for next chief executive

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Independent Colleges of Indiana has launched a national search for its next CEO after Hans Giesecke left to lead a college in Greece.
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Indiana's jobless rate remains nearly unchanged

August 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's unemployment situation appears to be stabilizing as the jobless rate held almost steady for the third month in a row, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said this morning.
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Sallie Mae rallies over jobs in Fishers

August 21, 2009
Scott Olson
Sallie Mae CEO Al Lord visited the company's Fishers office this morning in his latest effort to get the word out that his business and his employees' jobs are threatened by a government proposal.
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Butler launches search for more moneyRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
J.K. Wall
In five years, Butler University President Bobby Fong wants to vault his school into the top 10 of the nation’s master’s universities—schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees but few doctorates.
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Fast-growing Harrison College hires Trinkle as provost

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Harrison College, formerly Indiana Business College, hired its first provost and chief academic officer as the for-profit educator experiences rapid growth.
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Summer program turns teens into entrepreneursRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Eighteen students from Indianapolis’ Haughville neighborhood sold their wares— ranging from caps and sunglasses to purses to home-baked cookies—as part of a summer business-education program for low-income youth.
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Tenants trickling in to Purdue’s technology centerRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
For a city feverishly growing its technology and life sciences sectors, it seemed a bit anticlimactic last January when Purdue University dedicated its new technology center with only one tenant. But the lone tenant in the $12.8 million complex, FlamencoNets, a high-tech telecommunications firm, is about to get some company.
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IU Trustees elect Fort Wayne doctor president

August 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana University Board of Trustees have elected Fort Wayne surgeon Dr. William Cast to a two-year term as the board's president.
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New Junior Achievement chief hopes to reach more kidsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Jennifer Burk, said she has ideas for reinvigorating the base of corporate supporters and reaching more students with entrepreneurship programs.

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Charities gear up to provide school supplies, clothes

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two local organizations are trying to outfit thousands of kids before Indianapolis-area schools begin classes in August.
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State picks first virtual charter-school operator

August 6, 2009
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Franklin University hires local dean

August 4, 2009
Franklin University of Ohio hired Michael Szakaly to serve as dean of its new Indianapolis campus, the not-for-profit educator announced today. Szakaly most recently served as the business school dean at Ivy Tech Community College's east-central region, which includes Anderson, Marion and Muncie.
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New Franklin College office to help not-for-profits recruit volunteers

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Franklin College has a new office that helps Johnson County not-for-profits develop Web sites and recruit volunteers. The Nonprofit Resource Center was sparked in part by the lack of volunteer coordination during the summer floods of 2008.
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New higher-ed chief takes aim at dropout rates

August 3, 2009
J.K. Wall
Teresa Lubbers became Indiana commissioner for higher education on July 7 after serving 17 years as a Republican state senator from Indianapolis. She says every Hoosier needs some college-level training. Lubbers got a running start on her new job, having served as chairwoman of the senate education committee for years. She also worked frequently at the commission’s downtown offices during May and June—after her predecessor had left but before the Legislature returned for a special session to pass a budget. Her new staff dubbed her SenComm.
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