Indianapolis Public Schools is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week November 12-18. Recognizing that apprenticeships provide a great opportunity for students to earn while they learn and gain the skills that employers need, IPS is committed to connecting students to meaningful apprenticeship opportunities.
As part of this effort, the district is exploring “Earn and Learn” opportunities through the Indiana Office of Work Based Learning & Apprenticeships, which is located within the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Additionally, this spring, IPS and Junior Achievement of Central Indiana (JACI) will co-host the JA Inspire Career Fair, a district-wide event, which will impact thousands of IPS sophomores, juniors and seniors providing meaningful exposure to career pathways and industry professionals.
“During the event, students will be connected to employers for job shadowing opportunities, mentorship experiences, and can explore additional hands-on programs that will deepen their understanding of career opportunities available after graduation,” said Alyssa Andis, Vice President of Education for JACI.
With IPS now offering more than 40 high school academic program options, young people are encouraged to take charge of their learning and align their interest with real world opportunities. Partnerships with the state, JACI and others help to support the district’s goals around ensuring every student is enrolled in a two- or four-year college, employed at a livable wage or enlisted in the military after graduation.