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 WHIN Celebrates Grant That Will Impact Local High Schools



August 13, 2019

Wabash Heartland Innovation Network Celebrates

Grant That Will Impact Local High Schools

The first round of grants have been awarded, see who received funding, and how

the region will be impacted!

[WEST LAFAYETTE, IN] Today we celebrate the launch of a new grant project into the WHIN region! Over 34 groups submitted Letters of Intent, 17 groups were invited to apply, and 8 groups, representing the entire WHIN region, received grant funding to catapult new projects in the region. Read below to learn about one of the grant recipients and what change you can anticipate seeing in the heartland region:

The Wabash River Career & Technical Education Program at MSD of Warren County School Corporation, along with the school corporations of Southeast Fountain, Covington Community, Attica Consolidated, North Vermillion, South Vermillion, Southwest Parke Community, and North Central Parke Community, and Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette Campus have been awarded $104,000 from the Regional Cultivation Fund to create a DOE approved course around Precision Agriculture and IoT, which would also include a local externship.

The class is currently being offered to Juniors and Seniors in Fountain and Warren Counties. The class is being led by Bailey Crowder.  Bailey is a recent graduate from Purdue University and has spent significant time being trained by those who are on the forefront of advancements in precision agriculture and IoT use in the industry. Ms. Crowder will also work as a liaison between the school and local businesses to develop an externship program. The students will have the opportunity to participate in externships using precision agriculture at local businesses or with local company representatives that will allow them to immerse themselves in real world experience before graduating high school. They will also work closely with Ivy Tech Community College- Lafayette Campus- to align curriculum so students can earn dual credit that would help them achieve a college degree.

The goal is to provide training, certifications, dual college credit, and externships to prepare the high school students in the Wabash heartland region for the high wage and high demand jobs in the local precision agriculture sector. The grant recipients hope to share the framework that they create with additional schools in the region in the coming years. The goal is to have an Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) course that could be developed for schools to offer to students in the 2020-2021 school year throughout the region. Please help WHIN congratulate the Grant recipients; we cannot wait to see the impact they have on local high school students throughout the Wabash Heartland region.

SOURCES: Jessica Strasburger, Communications Coordinator, Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN): and Melinda Grismer, VP Regional Development, Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN):

ABOUT WHIN: WHIN serves 10 counties in North Central Indiana in an effort to develop the region into a global epicenter for digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing empowered by data-science and Internet-enabled sensors of all types. In addition, the organization’s regional cultivation initiative is designed to increase the vitality, education and connectivity of the Wabash Heartland region.


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