(April 3, 2018) — Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is excited to announce a grant to support strong college and career preparation for high school students in Indianapolis. With a Salesforce.org donation of $500,000, IPS is opening a new Information Technology Academy at George Washington High School, as part of IPS’ All-Choice High School model. Additionally, Salesforce.org grant dollars will help support new Future Centers that actively engage and help students and families with college and career planning in Indianapolis.

The Information Technology Academy at George Washington High School starts in the 2018-19 school year. This is one of several new academies and College and Career Options that demonstrate the district’s commitment to make sure students are enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university, enlisted in the military or employed at a livable wage upon graduation.

Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce, will fund extensive technology for IPS’ new IT Academy. State-of-the-art laptops and desktop computers, wireless high-speed internet, and mobile charging devices will be provided to students – creating an advanced learning environment to compliment the project-based curriculum.

“We’re thrilled to have a company like Salesforce.org, a juggernaut in the tech space, want to invest in IPS to advance STEM and tech education,” said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “Their support of our effort solidifies our new high school re-design and shows that the business community is ready to roll up their sleeves and make a big difference for our students and teachers.”

Salesforce.org is committed to making sure that IPS educators are prepared and engaged with careers in tech. Nextech, a locally based nonprofit, will facilitate teacher professional development, externships, and student work-based learning opportunities that will connect IPS with local tech professionals and companies.

Beyond the classroom, IPS and Salesforce.org recognize the importance of including families, communities, and employers in building future-ready youth. Funding from Salesforce.org will build a culture of college and career success with programming for the entire family and community to prepare local youth for post-secondary success. Connecting area employers to the students’ classroom experiences will be vital to ensuring that IPS students are ready for the careers of the future.

“It is fitting that a tech industry giant like Salesforce would not only have their name on the tallest building in our city, but would be leading the charge to ensure our city’s youth are prepared to enter the 21st-century workforce,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Indianapolis remains incredibly proud to have Salesforce call our city home. And thanks to this investment in our young people, I am confident that Salesforce, our local pipeline of talent, and the entire city of Indianapolis will thrive and grow for generations to come.”

 “At Salesforce.org, we believe in investing in education to build a workforce that is more equitable, skilled, diverse, and future-ready,” said Bob Stutz, CEO of Marketing Cloud and Chief Analytics Officer, Salesforce. “We’re proud that Indianapolis is home to the second largest Salesforce hub outside of our headquarters, and we’re committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work.”

The full lineup of IPS College and Career Options available in the Fall of 2018 includes:

George Washington High School

  • Information Technology Academy
  • Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics Academy
  • Business & Finance Academy

Arsenal Technical High School

  • Construction, Engineering & Design Academy
  • Math and Science
  • Law and Public Policy
  • New Tech
  • Career Technology Center

Crispus Attucks High School

  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Teaching, Learning & Leading Academy

Shortridge High School

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-Related
  • Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities

Herron and Riverside High Schools

  • Academic Honors Curriculum
  • Advanced Placement
  • Classical Methodology
  • Community Internships
  • Liberal Arts
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Purdue Polytechnic High Schools

  • Individualized, Project-Based STEM Focused Pathways

Thrival Academy: Indy

  • 11th Grade Study Abroad Program of Blended Learning Strategies with Cultural Immersion

The Salesforce.org grant is a one-year commitment that will be applied to launching initiatives and building a strong foundation in the 2018-19 school year. This is the first of several major announcements coming soon to introduce new partnerships between IPS’ All-Choice High Schools and other top-performing companies in Indianapolis.