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Indiana’s economic future requires a bold vision for an integrated approach in education and workforce development, which will serve Hoosier children and adults more effectively. In August 2013, Governor Mike Pence issued an Executive Order to establish the Center for Education & Career Innovation, bringing together the staff and budgets of four state entities already under the Governor’s authority.
Building on his “Roadmap” commitments to education and workforce development, Governor Pence worked with the General Assembly to implement key priorities such as the Indiana Career Council and the Indiana Works Councils—both of which received unanimous, bipartisan legislative support.
The Center’s mission is to improve learning outcomes for Hoosier students and adult workers by: (1) aligning statewide efforts to connect the education and workforce training pipeline with the needs of Indiana’s employers, and (2) supporting the expansion of innovative and highly effective education and career development initiatives. The Center is nationally unique in addressing the entire spectrum of education and career preparation, from pre-kindergarten through higher education and beyond.
Through collaborations with the Department of Education, Commission for Higher Education and Department of Workforce Development, in addition to other state and external partners, the Center is part of a growing national focus by governors and legislative leadership to integrate state efforts in education and workforce to deliver significantly improved outcomes.