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.

Education Readiness Grants complement Indiana’s Next Level Programs of Study. Schools with existing Industry 4.0 programs, including Industrial Automation and Robotics or Digital Manufacturing, are eligible for Education Readiness Grants as supplemental support.

Technology Grant Opportunities

The Office of Career and Technical Education also is providing Education Readiness Grants to schools that offer Cybersecurity and Software Development programs. Those grants are administered through TechPoint, the growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech community.

2022 Awardees

With the help of Conexus, the Office of Career and Technical Education awarded six high schools and career centers with an Education Readiness Grant in 2022. The more than $493,000 that was awarded was used to fund new, smart manufacturing technologies and equipment.

The awarded schools:

• Delphi Community School Corp.
• Lincoln High School
• Manchester Community Schools
• North Montgomery Community School Corp.
• Plymouth High School
• Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

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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.

Applications for Spring 2023 grants are now closed.