Seven area colleges and universities are among 39 Indiana institutions that will benefit from nearly $63 million in grant money from Lilly Endowment Inc.
The University of Saint Francis, Trine University, Huntington University, Manchester University, Grace College and Indiana Tech each received a $1 million grant for various programs. The Ivy Tech Foundation received a grant of $4,874,264.
The grants are made possible through the Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations, according to a Lilly Endowment news release.
The grants totaling $62.7 million will be used to enhance and expand opportunities for Hoosier students.
Despite a steady supply of four-year college graduates, Indiana ranks very low among the states in the percentage of its adult, working-age population that has a bachelors degree, Sara B. Cobb, Lilly Endowments vice president for education, said in the release.
The states average per-capita income ranking also is unacceptable, she said.
The grant amounts vary according to each schools enrollment. Following are the grants intended uses:
Grace College: To create a Career Advantage Center that will focus on applied learning to link knowledge and skills acquired outside the classroom with lessons learned through traditional schoolwork. The college currently offers 160 applied learning opportunities for students.
Huntington University: To expand and enhance the existing entrepreneurial program and opportunities through the Fast Forward program. Fast Forward offers students a program for career exploration, idea cultivation, entrepreneurial encouragement and applied work experience.
Indiana Tech: To support students in connecting with careers and to support area entrepreneurs in turning ideas into business. The funding will be split: $500,000 toward the Center for Creative Collaboration, a center for entrepreneurs and small-business startups; $425,000 toward expansion and enhancement of career services; and $75,000 toward implementation of backward design, a curriculum that seeks to match Indiana Techs education programs with employers needs.
Manchester University: To create a undergraduate degree in sales; to develop at least five certificate programs that align to Indiana employers needs over the next five years; to provide 60 students with internships and professional experience; and to create a smartphone software application to help students in their career readiness.
Trine University: To further develop Innovation One, a program designed to foster economic opportunities, create jobs and prepare Trine University students and the regional workforce with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed, lead and serve in their chosen careers in Indiana.
University of Saint Francis: To begin a new bachelor-level risk management insurance degree, set to begin in fall 2015; expand the Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts program; and fund a revitalized Career Outreach Center for students.