IU, Purdue Polytechnic Partner on College Prep

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There are nine Purdue Polytechnic locations throughout the state. There are nine Purdue Polytechnic locations throughout the state.
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The Indiana University School of Education is teaming up with Purdue Polytechnic Institute in hopes of preparing students to fill an estimated one million Indiana job openings by 2025. The collaboration will involve access to IU's Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration and the CareerMaker program at all nine of Purdue Polytechnic's statewide locations.

The P-16 Center, named for its focus on students from pre-kindergarten through graduation, works to improve college access and success, especially for underserved students, by strengthening pre-college prep and supporting students in the transition to college. It also aims to boost student STEM skills to help them prepare them for high-demand careers.

The CareerMakers education and training initiative is designed to be a concierge of sorts for employers. The program works with companies to create customizeable workforce education and offers workshops and certificates through Purdue programs.

The schools say there were six million job openings in the United States in April, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, while 6.8 million unemployed Americans are looking for jobs. They say the collaboration will help bridge that gap in Indiana.

In addition to affiliating a CareerMakers office with each of its Purdue Polytechnic locations, the school will make them the resource available at select sites including WestGate Academy near Naval surface Warfare Center Crane.

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