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Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015 (EcO15) is focused on education and careers associated with Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Hospitality/Tourism for 10 counties in Southeastern Indiana. Counties include: Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland.
Careers that work-for every person. Improving educational opportunities in the career fields that drive our regional economies:
Educational and Professional Goals for Southeast Indiana:
Since its inception, the goals of EcO15 in the ten-county Southeast Indiana region have been to:
- Help each person move up at least one level from an education or career standpoint
- Create educational pathways leading to careers in industry sectors that drive the economy (advanced manufacturing in particular)
- Increase regional leadership focused on developing a learning system that will strengthen the economy through a better educated citizenry and workforce
A substantial portion of the EcO15 grant has been dedicated towards developing a network of advanced manufacturing integrated technology labs and associated programs at secondary and post-secondary education sites located throughout the ten counties. The integrated technology labs provide students with the opportunity to pursue education built around a curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math.
In addition, EcO15 has made major strides in the development of a regional learning system through accelerating the use of project-based learning methods and programs. School-based programs related to advanced manufacturing, such as Project Lead The Way, Dream It. Do It., Project-Based Learning Academy, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education are the most recognizable programs throughout the region that we will continue to build upon.