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Students to Start Modern Apprenticeship Program 

Four students from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will soon participate in the Modern Apprenticeship Program (MAP), opening doors to new careers as they work at local organizations. 

The third cohort of students and their employees was announced on July 15 at the 2023 Modern Apprenticeship Signing Day event, honoring 34 Marion County rising high school juniors who have accepted positions with 20 local employer partners.  

MAP is the highest-caliber experience offered through Talent Bound, EmployIndy’s career-connected learning continuum. This three-year program connects Marion County high school students with local employers. It provides a path toward discovering passions and developing skills to help them thrive in growing and in-demand industries, including healthcare, information technology, education, business operations, and financial services. 

IPS students and their employers include: 

  • Edward Webster, Arsenal Tech High School, 100 Black Men. 
  • Cameron Morris, George Washington High School, Arcamed. 
  • Luis Cazares, Arsenal Tech High School, Lenex Steel. 
  • Nayouna Maximilien, George Washington High School, At Your Schools (AYS). 

The Modern Apprenticeship Program has placed 112 youth apprentices to date, with the goal of connecting 5,000 apprentices to employers by 2030. These 34 apprentices were chosen from more than 460 applicants to participate in MAP.  

Beginning their junior year of high school, apprentices split their time between the classroom and the workplace—earning their high school diploma, an hourly income, college credits, industry certifications and credentials, and first-hand, relevant job experience—multiplying their options after graduation. 

“As educators, we work hard to encourage the early college experience,” said IPS deputy superintendent Andrew Strope. “Through MAP, we can take this commitment a step further by providing an associate degree and real-world experience with a local, quality employer, which can be a life-changing opportunity.” 

As a talent strategy, MAP helps employers tap into diverse talent pools—building strong talent pipelines to meet short- and long-term staffing needs. The program creates a structure for employers to be part of workforce solutions while removing barriers, so all Marion County students have equitable access to career-ready training and jobs in high-demand fields. 

To learn more about the Modern Apprenticeship Program, visit