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Section I: General Grant Information A. Grant information Grantee Name: Purdue University via the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Name of Project: North Central Indiana (NCI) WIRED Network Agreement #: WIRED-5-59 CFDA#: 17.261 Quarterly Reporting Period: April 1 – June 30, 2009 Date: 8.15.09 Contact Persons: Scott Hutcheson Purdue University firstname.lastname@example.org (765) 494-4277 Ed Morrison Policy Advisor email@example.com (216) 650-7267 Peggy Hosea Purdue University firstname.lastname@example.org (765) 236-0955 B. Summary of General Grant Activities Visible results are continuing to increase each quarter in the NCI area through the efforts of numerous partners in our region who are effectively utilizing the WIRED Grant funds. One example is the Project Lead the Way program that will contribute enrollment of over six thousand learners this quarter. Many programs within NCI are gaining state and national recognition as their curricula is developed and positive outcomes are seen. The Green Worker Generalist program created by Purdue Technical Assistance Program was presented at the 2009 MEP National Conference. Now nearly twenty MEP centers and other organizations are interested in offering the program. (See more details under the Business Innovation – Green Worker Section C.) The Regional Leadership Institute enjoys increased participation and members crystallized their specific goals during Q2. The Institute also gained the attention of Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman who met with members and viewed their efforts as extremely important during these challenging times.
Lt. Governor Skillman joins 14-County NCI Regional Leadership Institute at IUPUI
During Q2 2009, we learned that ~$650K WIRED dollars were available to fund additional projects. After releasing an RFP, we held an Opportunity Forum to secure proposals that could meet stringent criteria requiring the proposers to a) be able to start and complete the project within seven months; b) demonstrate a regional outcome, and c) adhere to the original tenants of NCI WIRED‟s Implementation Plan. We received 30 new proposals totaling more than two million dollars. Following the process that had proven effective with other opportunity funding proposals, nine projects were selected to receive the last round of WIRED funding. We are confident that these represent good additions to our WIRED portfolio. They include the following: Purdue TAP for development of distance-learning delivery of the successful Green Workforce Generalist program; Ivy Tech Lafayette (partnering with local auto dealerships) on the development of a Battery Technician and Electric Vehicle Technology Training Program; The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and the Purdue College of Technology in Kokomo for the Renewable and Advanced Energy Workforce initiative; The Purdue Department of Building Construction Management (partnering with Ivy Tech) to retrain residential and commercial construction workers for road and bridge construction; Ivy Tech Kokomo for an Industrial Welding Process Certification program; The Tecumseh Area Partnership (in a joint effort with Miami County Economic Development, Ivy Tech, IUK, Purdue and area LEDOs) for the role out of the region‟s new “State of the Workforce” report and to launch a re-employment strategy that better integrates workforce and economic development; The Purdue Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship (partnering with both the SBDC and IEDC) to link entrepreneurship certificate students with start-ups and small businesses throughout the region; The Purdue Center for Regional Development (partnering with IUK and the Regional Leadership Institute) to develop a region-wide tool kit (maps and analysis) for informing regional discussions, obtaining future funding, and for public education; The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce (partnering with 7 LEDOs) will add to their capacity to make solid workforce and economic development decisions by purchasing a workforce/ economic modeling tool currently used by eastern counties. In total, this additional investment of $650K to partners will result in significant impact for the region: 352 learners receiving new skills Alignment of workforce development, economic development, and education Better decision-making and strategy tools for economic workforce and agencies 2
C. Status Update on Strategic Partnership Activities Partnership updates follow: Business Innovation Energy Systems Network The workforce and economy of the NCI region is greatly impacted by the automotive industry – both large and small employers representing the entire supply chain. For years, workers traversed the region commuting to high-paying jobs that have been a part of the landscape for so long. In recent years the auto industry has restructured eliminating thousands of jobs in the region leaving many workers unemployed or making far less than they once did. During the current recession the unemployment rate in some parts of the region has jumped to nearly 20%. Instead of folding up shop, leaders in Indiana decided to launch a new strategy to link our old economy assets with new economy opportunities. In 2007 WIRED leadership stepped forward to support the formation of the Indiana Energy Systems Network (IESN) to support and grow Indiana‟s energy systems industry. . The premise that opportunities could be found by fostering an entrepreneurial, collaborative environment and facilitating talent development in energy conversion, power storage, distributed power generation, alternative energy and whole systems solutions drove the work. A concerted effort to bring together industry leaders, conduct workforce research, asset mapping and ultimately develop a single message was a key goal of the newly formed effort. During the formative months of IESN, five important initiatives were completed. 1. A Leadership Advisory Board was formed. 2. A Governor‟s Entrepreneur in Residence was established and utilized to mentor entrepreneurial efforts in this emerging industry. 3. Indiana energy systems assets, talents/skills, and gaps were identified in a unique, real time format. 4. A structured, facilitated program conducted by Rocky Mountain Institute identified energy opportunities to target. 5. R&D networks and other collaborations were fostered. Indiana was poised for significant growth in the auto and energy sectors but with those industries in the midst of enormous transformation, it became clear that a more formal organization would be needed to shuttle Indiana to a national and global leadership position. 3
The efforts of the informal IESN group gave birth to a formalized organization, the Energy Systems Network, incubated by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), the regional economic development alliance that also sponsors successful efforts focused on the life sciences (BioCrossroads), manufacturing and logistics (Conexus Indiana) and information technology (TechPoint). Read about the launch here. To hear more about ESN efforts, business start ups they are encouraging and the possibility that „the sky is the limit‟ in terms of job creation, listen to this interview. Learn more about the first ESN projects by clicking on the logos.
Develop a fully integrated hybrid power train system that uses higher performance components; Demonstrate next generation plugin technology for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles. First of its kind commercial scale pilot of plug-in hybrid and smart grid technology working together to demonstrate an energyefficient transportation system solution.
Industrial Energy Efficiency
Each industrial facility has different energy needs and by extension, the people running it need a unique set of skills and knowledge in order to run that facility as efficiently as possible. To meet this need, the Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP) has now awarded 36 certificates to learners from 28 companies in the NCI region. This program reports that the additional skills training and focus have provided a significant Return on Investment: energy expenditures have been reduced by an average of 9.9%, yielding a yearly savings expected to exceed $2.3M. To expedite the training of industry personnel, an Energy Efficiency Boot Camp has been developed. The intensive training is a total of 4 intensive days broken into two two-day sessions. Additional sessions such as „Incorporating EE into Financial Decision Making‟ complement the current offerings and are being incorporated into training materials. This program was also showcased at the NIST MEP Annual conference and has received numerous inquiries from other WIRED regions and MEP centers.
Green Worker Certification
Green Enterprise Development was designed by Purdue‟s Technical Assistance Program for manufacturing workers and others interested in learning how to apply sustainable, environmentally friendly practices in the workplace. Through the Green Workforce Training Certificate program, participants earn a Green Specialist Certificate that is accredited by the 4
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). The program also includes courses to train instructors in the Green Generalist, Green Specialist, and Waste Stream Mapping areas. An elective Waste Stream Mapping workshop focuses on how green thinking can be applied to reduce or remove environmental waste streams. Read more about the program offerings here. To date, 45 workers have been trained from the NCI WIRED region on the Green Generalist workshops. While training continues in Indiana, four MEP Centers have signed agreements with Purdue TAP to have their staff trained in the delivery of the Green Generalist module including the regions of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington State. TAP personnel will train and use materials they have developed in the NCI region. Numerous MEP Centers and five other organizations have expressed an interest in having an ability to deliver the Green Generalist module and possibly additional Specialist modules following the presentation of this program at the 2009 NIST MEP Conference. Arkansas, New York, Texas, Michigan, North Dakota, Alabama, and Iowa are currently discussing being trained and using these materials. In addition to other partnerships, alliances with the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management – Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance have been formed.
In 2008 this project worked with 18 companies and trained 285 NCI region employees to transfer tool cutting technology to local businesses. Now this project has become a great example of how advanced technologies once developed and applied at Purdue can be transferred into a community college curriculum. This partnership sustains the program by continuing to educate future workers in this industry providing knowledge about the latest technologies. Staff members from Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue have worked together on developing the curriculum in an association derived from the WIRED network. The first students to take these modified classes will be in the fall of 2009 continuing the impact of this WIRED program. Healthy Workforce The Healthy Workforce program was developed using the best practices demonstrated throughout the wellness field to generate the best outcomes. These include giving workers a new set of skills related to wellness, effective utilization of the healthcare system, reducing missed workdays, increasing safety and efficiency, and improving their overall well-being. 5
To date, nearly 600 employees have completed multiple modules of the Healthy Workforce Program. Return on investment results will be tabulated and reported as available. In a joint venture, Purdue University and Indiana University requested funds from the State of Indiana to develop the Indiana Innovation Alliance (IIA). This Alliance will strive to “grow Indiana‟s bioscience economy and increase the competitiveness of the state‟s workforce by bringing together Indiana‟s research universities, biomedical and biotechnology firms, health and life sciences organizations, local economic development organizations, and state government.” As of June 30, 2009, the state funded IIA approximately $2 million for healthcare related initiatives, of which a Healthy Workforce component is included. This funding is direct leverage from WIRED‟s efforts, although final awards have not been determined. This funding provides the Healthy Workforce program funds to cover the cost of the assessment phase of the program for workplaces statewide. All training (phase two of the program) will be at the expense of the employer, who may then qualify for the state tax credit. The Healthy Workforce team is also in discussions with SWI WIRED to deliver the program in that region. _____________________________________________________________
Partnership updates follow: Developing 21st Century Talent Regional Energy Workforce Development
The activities of the ongoing WIRED Clean Energy Forums have culminated in the creation of a new effort for counties that have been especially impacted by alternative energy opportunities. The Regional Energy Workforce Development initiative is beginning initially with Carroll, Clinton, Tippecanoe, and White counties. One of the primary goals of this effort is to focus on workforce training related to the increased adoption of energy programs by companies in the region. Partners in this effort include County Economic Development Organizations, Purdue Extension, Ivy Tech, and both existing and new energy businesses.
Pathways to STEM Based Careers Employers in the region have long faced the challenge of keeping workers‟ skills up to date in the rapidly changing world of manufacturing technology. An equal, if not greater, challenge has been the need to fill the worker pipeline with individuals for highly-technical positions involved in Advanced Manufacturing. 6
Add to that mix a need to train workers for the Sustainable Energy field and the resulting needs analysis will lead to Ivy Tech in the NCI region and the „Pathways to STEM Based Careers‟ program. Funding to Ivy Tech has provided the College the opportunity to focus on STEM education with multiple key components: EMERGING and INCUMBENT WORKERS: A Summer Technical Middle College approach is being used to teach Key Principals of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology in Advanced Manufacturing classes which lead to Manufacturing Skills Council certification tests. Through an outreach to local high schools, 40 students have now been enrolled in these classes. Ivy Tech‟s „Double UP‟ (or early college) programs make it possible for highly-motivated secondary students to take classes that count for both a high school diploma and a college degree. These initiatives are designed to also reduce the high school dropout rate by giving disengaged juniors and seniors an alternative to dropping out. Internships were made available to Ivy Tech faculty members enabling them to update their skills using the latest equipment in an actual industrial setting and then incorporate those experiences into updated laboratory exercises and lecture materials. To date nine faculty have been funded for internships in various technology and science disciplines. Due to the success of these internships in creating better preparation for the emerging workforce, additional funding was leveraged from a Perkins grant to fund two additional internships in 2010. Approximately twenty-five students have utilized internship opportunities netting the chance to work in a variety of business and academic settings including state-of-the art research facilities at Purdue. (After interning in Purdue Research Park, one student has now decided to pursue a PhD in Science.) Over 350 scholarships have been provided to incumbent and dislocated workers needing more robust technical stills for these increasingly high tech positions. See the success stories outlined in this report for an example of the impact being made. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: In May 2009, the Indiana State Commission for Higher Education approved Ivy Tech‟s new AAS degree in Sustainable Energy allowing the school to become the first college or university in Indiana to have such a program. The new curriculum trains individuals as skilled technicians to work with engineers and other technicians to implement Sustainable Energy sustainable energy systems and to support processes such as installation, analysis, operations and maintenance of sustainable energy systems. Read more about the new program here. Though initiated at the Lafayette campus, the program has quickly extended to numerous locations through the Ivy Tech statewide network.
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To strengthen STEM Based Programs and support all of the efforts to provide optimum learning experiences, instructional equipment has been put in place such as a Flexible Advanced Manufacturing System, Design Prototype 3D Modeling System for CAD, a Turning and Milling Center and Robotics equipment. Another specialized piece of instructional equipment used in the Sustainable Energy curriculum is the „Fuel Meister‟. In an agreement with Cracker Barrel, the college is teaching students how discarded cooking oil can be turned into diesel fuel and then utilized in heavy equipment. Several instructors have been added through the grant including new instructors in Microbiology, Alternative Fuel Automotive, Sustainable Energy (faculty and chair). These positions will be sustained after the WIRED grant.
As stated in the initial proposal document, the combination of these instructor experiences, the instructional equipment purchases, the additional staffing and new curricula will impact literally thousands of students over a five-year period. As the WIRED grant comes to a close in early 2010, the metrics achieved at that time will be substantial but the effects of this grant will be sustained in the region for years to come.
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Mission Accomplished: After more than twenty years of working to make sure that students and workers in the White County region had post secondary opportunities available to them, the White County Instructional Center is now a reality and has now completed its first year of operation. The project was a model of how collaboration and open networks can work to get big things accomplished. An impressive group of non-profit organizations, businesses, educators, government officials and community citizens cooperated in this public/private partnership. There were 221 student enrollments in the first year of operation and 290 individuals enrolled in WorkOne classes. The White County Economic Development leader credits WIRED with being a major factor in making this state-of-the-art facility available to the community. It will continue to impact students for years to come. _______________________________________________________________________ Partnership updates follow: Encouraging Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship Talent Development System ~ Echelon
A program that has been small in number of participants compared to other WIRED Programs is one that has definitely become the favorite of those that are directly involved. That program is called Echelon and it is helping Entrepreneurs in greater Kokomo with training to help them continue with their business growth. The Hoosier Heartland Small Business Development Center created both the program and the educational content. By providing a rich format of much-needed training to increase their business acumen, Echelon has also given the Entrepreneurs the opportunity to assess their business skills, have one-on-one sessions with trained business and management counselors and allowed them to have a free and open exchange with others struggling down the often lonely path of an entrepreneur. These quotes indicate how important Echelon has become to the participants: “expanded my entrepreneurial horizons.… expressed genuine concern for my business issues and exceeded my expectations….. The Echelon program is a top-notch program. I highly recommend it to all entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level.” “.. has been great for our company and for me … learned a great deal about management and HR responses… how to accurately use a balance sheet to predict future growth and mange trends within our company. By far the most worthwhile part of the Echelon Group has been the camaraderie between the business owners….The counselor helped me to tackle some tough issues and has offered advice on a variety of topics that have helped us to see phenomenal growth in this poor economy”. 9
Eureka Ranch Winning Ways
The WIRED Winning Ways program is beginning to register significant metrics since programs are being finished. At this time, workers from nine companies are completely through the process having recharged their entrepreneurial spirit and generated ideas with noteworthy results. Through the end of the 2nd quarter, there have been 645 new growth ideas created, 11 new products and 6 new services developed in 11 companies with anticipated investment over $500K.
"Eureka! goes to any length to encourage a fresh perspective. Clients say it works." Wall Street Journal
The workforce impact and skills training have had positive results. 145 people have been trained in the process of creating ideas for new markets & customers, products and services, and marketing messages. 69 people have been trained in the Action Planning process. 19 Growth Scouts have been identified and trained. The four companies reporting impact estimate that the program will create 8 new jobs, and help retain 38 current jobs. There have also been 65 people trained in four half day public workshops. As a Return on the time Invested, the four companies reporting impact from the program anticipate first year sales increases to be $1,210,000 due to the program. Annual sales retained are anticipated to be $4,035,000. New half day product offerings have been developed and are receiving positive feedback from initial audiences. Market Planning 101, Profit 101 and the Business Translation workshop are good ways to reach workers from multiple companies that could not participate in the time-intensive Eureka Winning Ways program.
Partnership updates follow: Civic Leadership Hoosier Heartland Regional Leadership Institute The Regional Leadership Institute continues to grow by adding new members to its roster including several regional mayors. Membership is now at 75 individuals representing an impressive group of leaders from diverse backgrounds from business, education, elected officials, economic and workforce officials, community foundations, etc. (More information is available about the Institute here and a list of participants here.) As outlined in their proposal, the RLI members went on best practice trips to learn from leaders in other areas
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RLI Best Practice Trips
known for strong regional efforts. Selected were: Western Michigan, Northern Kentucky and the Piedmont Triad. The travelers came back with many good ideas and takeaways including the fact that others in the US facing similar challenges have also concluded that “states may be too big, cities are too small, but regions can get things done” (source unknown). See a News Release video about the Piedmont Triad trip here. The RLI met in May to discuss the trips and determine next steps. mentioned in a message from Lt. Governor Skillman, who also spoke at the retreat. She noted: “.... Thanks to the leaders at the Indiana Regional Leadership Institute, we already have a network of dedicated entrepreneurs and community leaders who have what it takes to keep us moving forward. I am looking forward to the future, and especially to the good things local leaders will do in north central Indiana.” The session was
During the meeting, the group identified six strategies to focus on in terms of regional projects. The six strategies are:
1. Strengthen education and workforce development to enhance 21st century talent 2. Advance livable communities through effective infrastructure, transportation systems and cultural activities 3. Create a regional mindset by developing regional leaders, regional stewardship, and a culture of collaboration 4. Embrace diversity to build human capital and cultivate community 5. Foster a prosperous economy through collaborative efforts and entrepreneurial innovation 6. Ensure a sustainable environment.
The Open Source Economic Development and Strategic Doing workshops developed by Ed Morrison continue to spread across state and local boundaries as communities recognize the need to find ways to move new ideas into action more quickly. Through the „practice‟ that NCI leaders have had with Strategic Doing, it‟s been noted by many outside observers that our team is able to come to consensus more easily than other groups and with little dissension.
D. Status Update on Leveraged Resources Section II: Regional Metrics NCI WIRED is pleased to report that goals we established early on for our region in terms of number of individuals being impacted has exceeded our expectations. As of June 30, 2009, the following cumulative metrics can now be attributed to WIRED activities: # Beginning Workforce Training 15,042 # Completing Workforce Training 13,519 # of Degrees or Certificates issued 1,262 # of Individuals Placed 3,165
Two million dollars in additional leverage has been reported by the Energy Systems Network bringing our total leverage to over $18M.
Section III: Challenges to Progress With all of WIRED funds now obligated, the “carrot” that was so useful to prompt new networks and innovative initiatives is now gone. Although, the partnerships formed during WIRED remain strong, there seems to be a slow-down in the number of new partners being added to the fold without the prospect of a flush opportunity fund. WIRED leadership, however, is optimistic that the region is well-positioned for some of the stimulus funding available from several federal agencies. The WIRED network should provide a strategic advantage in attracting these funds and may also be a way to bring in new partners.
Section IV: Promising Innovation Processes and Success Stories
A. Promising Approaches, Processes, and Lessons Learned Looking back to the early days of NCI WIRED and the formation of our region, team members doubted the necessity or even the advantages that forming a region would provide as we moved into the global economy. There was little contact between the economic development officials and workforce development organizations. Suggestions to spend time together monthly would have been futile. Networks within the post-secondary community representing the 14 counties were limited to community events. Moving forward to June 30 of 2009, we are encouraged by the transformation that has taken place. Two active groups of economic development organizations are meeting regularly, they have frequent interaction with Workforce Boards and there is overlap for the entire region through the Regional Leadership Institute. Through multiple WIRED programs involving a wide array of partners, a true network of economic, workforce and academic members has been formed that will have long-lasting results.
B. Sharing Success Stories Business failure would seldom be reported as a success. But in this case, the business failure was noted by Merwyn, the Business Simulation program used in conjunction with the Eureka Winning Ways program to evaluate the profitability of a business idea before any outlay of capital. Thanks to Merwyn, the idea that had been developed by some laid-off workers was shown to be flawed. Going through the process allowed the entrepreneurs to avoid a business launch that would have failed. Now the team intends to launch the business, but with a better business plan developed. 12
Scholarship Successes Ivy Tech noted a significant increase in scholarships awarded to incumbent workers resulted from a collaborative effort between Ivy Tech staff and faculty with the HR personnel of local companies, such as Wabash National. Current and recently laid off employees of the firms were invited to informational sessions concerning WIRED scholarship opportunities. A total of 60 employees attended the Wabash National information sessions and there was nearly a 100% sign up for the approved courses. Advisors and faculty worked to create and customize course sections in Advanced Manufacturing based on the need and time availability of the participants. The WIRED Scholarships also reached a large population of the Hispanic community by again reaching out to Wabash National and other manufacturing firms. Accommodations were made for language barriers by hiring a bilingual instructor. To demonstrate the importance of the scholarships at an individual level, Ivy Tech reports that one dislocated worker came to them after being laid off from HP Products in March 2008. He began classes at the college in Industrial Maintenance because employers would not even consider his resume unless he had an Associate‟s Degree or Technical Certificate. He has since completed 24 credit hours on the scholarship with a 4.0 GPA. Another company has now hired him because his GPA and coursework documented his ability to learn new skills. He plans to continue his courses until he graduates.
Attachments: NCI WIRED Investment Portfolio and Projections 6.30.09 NCI WIRED Leveraged Resources 6.30.09 NCI WIRED Outcomes Chart 6.30.09 NCI WIRED Success Story PowerPoint 6.30.09 NCI WIRED Summary Metrics 6.30.09
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