Education Readiness Grants

Equip Your Classroom with
Industry 4.0 Technologies

Education Readiness Grants help Indiana secondary schools prepare students for careers in the increasingly high-tech advanced manufacturing industry. Awarded grants enable school corporations and/or individual school sites to purchase Industry 4.0 technologies that are defining the future of advanced manufacturing.

By aligning curricula and experiential learning through the adoption of smart technologies, students will be ready to meet the needs of Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics employers.

Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow, Together

Conexus works with the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet’s Office of Career and Technical Education to provide annual Education Readiness Grants for Indiana secondary schools to purchase hardware and/or software that create foundational exposure to today’s smart manufacturing technology.

Grant recipients will be Indiana secondary schools with existing career pathway programs that demonstrate a direct connection with local advanced manufacturers and graduate job-ready students with experience and credentials that apply to local employers.


With the help of Conexus, the Office of Career and Technical Education has awarded nearly $1 million in Education Readiness Grants to 11 Indiana high schools/career centers in support of the schools’ advanced manufacturing programs. The following schools earned awards in 2023 to fund innovative Industry 4.0 technologies for their programs:

  • Middlebury Community School Corporation (Northridge High School)
  • Martinsville High School
  • Pike Career and STEM Center
  • Mitchell Community Schools
  • New Palestine High School
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Ready to Apply?

Grant applications for advanced manufacturing and IT pathways are reviewed by industry advisory committees. The committees are made up of post-secondary, industry and state leadership partners who represent various industry sectors, technology competencies and geographic diversity.

Education Readiness Grants are only distributed once a year. Applications for Spring 2023 grants closed in March.