Changing Lives,
One Career At A Time

All students deserve equitable access to an education that nurtures, develops, and empowers them to reach their full potential. Greater Lafayette Commerce has partnered with area schools, Ivy Tech, and regional employers to create an ecosystem that helps students “connect the dots” between their education and a career.  By aligning education standards with high-demand skills, the Greater Lafayette Career+™ Ecosystem will enhance and grow local and regional college and career opportunities for students in grades K-12.

Career+™ is defined as a locally available, in-demand, high-wage job with a fully funded college education. Career+™ develops work-ready students prepared for area high-wage, in-demand careers, and the opportunity to pursue higher levels of debt-free education through employer and state funded tuition programs.

 

  • Build awareness & skills:

    Learning modules and activities are integrated into the students’ current classes. These modules will help students build the skills needed by partner employers and tell the stories of local employers.

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  • Grow local talent

    Career+™ experiences and events create opportunities to ensure all future career seeking students benefit from the networking of companies in advanced manufacturing and logistics to gain full-time employment, internships, and apprenticeships.

    The Career+™ experiences and events included in the Career+™ program will help students “connect the dots” between the coursework they can complete while in high school and locally available in-demand, high-wage jobs. This becomes a pathway to “earn and learn” after high school through fully-funded post secondary educational opportunities. Specific Career+™ opportunities will be highlighted to students and parents. Over time, students will explore the “earn and learn” opportunities after graduation through programs at Ivy Tech and fully-funded opportunities made possible by their new employers or through state-funded programs like Indiana’s Next Level Jobs Program.

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Key Stats
  • 3,164

    Students enrolled in
    microcredential courses

  • 3,159

    Students completed work-based learning experiences with
    Industry Partners

  • 20

    School Partners

  • 50

    Industry Partners

Student Personas

Cynthia is a senior.

She decided to take advantage of Career+, and completed the Workplace Communication microcredential course her senior year. She also completed a series of learning modules that highlighted how she could access local career opportunities. Thanks to the career skills she learned through Career+ and the connections she made through Career+ Experiences, upon graduation, Cynthia is set to start working at one of the Career+ partner companies. She will be working full time earning $36,000 per year with full benefits, and will be attending Ivy Tech part time at no cost through one of the many benefits offered by her employer.



Meet the Team

Career Advisors support students interested in pursuing Career+ pathways in advanced manufacturing or logistics. Support includes actions such as the development or refinement of a 4-year graduation plan that includes a microcredential, Next Level Program of Study (NLPS), Capstone course with Work-Based Learning, and placement into a locally available, in-demand, high-wage career with employer funded college education upon graduation from high school. Career Advisors also aid in transitioning students to Ivy Tech staff for postsecondary support.

Career Advisors
  • Abby Ballentine

    Career Advisor
    William Henry Harrison High School
  • Enrique Cordero Orzuna

    Career Advisor
    McCutcheon High School
  • Alantae Crawford

    Career Advisor
    Tecumseh Junior High School
  • Kimba Evans

    Career Advisor
    William Henry Harrison High School
  • Jasmine Hamilton

    Career Advisor
    Oakland Academy
  • Susanne Kemmer

    Career Advisor
    Central Catholic High School & West Lafayette High School
  • Taylor Kiefer

    Career Advisor
    Attica High School & Seeger High School
  • Chelsea Richards

    Career Advisor
    Logansport High School
  • Noah Ritchie

    Career Advisor
    Jefferson High School
  • Jenna Sullivan

    Career Advisor
    Jefferson High School
  • Tracey Winger

    Career Advisor
    Frontier Jr./Sr. High School & Tri-County Jr./Sr. High School
  • Katarina Webb

    Career Advisor
    Faith Christian High School & William Henry Harrison High School
Career+ Advisory Team
  • Kara Webb

    Workforce Development Director
    Greater Lafayette Commerce
  • Brooklyn Burton

    Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development
    Ivy+ Career Link
School Partners
Employer Partners
Community Partners

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