10:30 AM – Registration
11:00 AM – Welcome and Overview
11:15 AM – Keynote
Blair Milo, Secretary of Career Connections and Talent at State of Indiana
12:00 PM – Networking Lunch
12:30 PM – Workforce Pipeline
David Tucker, Vincennes University Early College Program
Kim Brand, 1st Maker Space
1:30 PM – Training Programs
Nicky James, Cook Group
2:15 PM – Break
2:30 PM – Talent Attraction
Mike Galbraith, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
Karissa Hulse, IndyHub
3:30 PM – Wrap up
Road to One Million Initiative in Northeast Indiana
The Road to One Million initiative is Northeast Indiana’s premier activity emanating from Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative. Northeast Indiana has committed to its Road to One Million plan for retaining and attracting skilled talent and increasing its population growth rate.
The Road to One Million represents a regional vision to grow the population from 789,015 to 1,000,000 residents. With current population trends and growth rate, the region’s total population could grow by about 53,000 people over the coming decade. Due to the impact of retiring Baby Boomers and lagging growth among Millennials, the labor force will actually shrink and our gross domestic product and wages will stagnate. The residents of Northeast Indiana know we can, and must, do better.
If Road to One Million is successful, the impact on growth and prosperity would transform Northeast Indiana. This growth would mean: the addition of over 120,000 workers into the economy, a full doubling of our real GDP, an additional 40,000 children (ages 0-17) and 94,000 young adults (ages 25-44), 143,000 more housing units, 119 percent growth among adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 30 percent growth in arts patronage.
IndyHub represents and advocates on behalf of the largest network of 20- and 30-somethings in Indianapolis. We believe that a diverse and engaged community is the strength of Indy’s today and tomorrow.
Our mission is to cultivate, engage and support a community of 20- and 30-somethings who are excited about Indy and invested in its future.
Think of us as the social engineers of Indianapolis. We do this by involving and empowering Indy’s young and talented residents, connecting them to volunteer opportunities, interest groups, social events and people all over the city. We also serve as an amplifier of their voice to ensure our young leaders are heard across our city and state on the issues that matter.
1st Maker Space
Today’s students rarely make anything tangible. As a result, tens of thousands of high wage manufacturing jobs go unfilled and our economy suffers. The state’s K12 curriculum emphasizes standards that many kids find irrelevant – and so do employers. Employers are looking for kids with creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem solving skills; schools are graduating test takers. A makerspace is for every kid, every age, every ability, every ambition and every background. The most important outcome of a makerspace is not what kids make – it’s the self esteem and pride kids feel when they discover what they can make with their own two hands.
Vincennes University Early College Model
Vincennes University's Early College Program is designed for students who want to get a jump start on their college education while still attending high school. Early College students attain transferable credit at a fraction of the cost they would have paid at traditional public colleges in Indiana. Most importantly, students leave Early College programs with no debt.
For every 100 low-income students who start high school, only 65 earn a high school diploma and only 45 will enroll in college. Only 11 will complete a postsecondary degree. High school graduates from poor families who score in the top testing quartile are no more likely than their lowest-scoring, affluent peers to attend college. The former enroll at rates of 78%; the latter at 77%.
The Early College model helps address these dismal numbers. It is centered on developing the opportunity to:
- increase high school graduation rates and post-secondary entrance and completion rates,
- remove major barriers to post-secondary access, and
- ease the transition from high school to college.