K – 12 INITIATIVES
Our community is invested in the future. Greater Lafayette Commerce, Tippecanoe educational entities, governance, and corporations work closely to ensure area children are immersed in a curriculum that prepares them for post-graduate careers and workplace success.

THE STATE OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

 

Exposing Youth to High-Skill, High-Demand Careers

The State of Advanced Manufacturing is a week-long event that provides Greater Lafayette K-12 educators and students the opportunity to learn more about the high-tech, advanced manufacturing and logistics industry.

In 2018, over 1,600+ area students learned more about careers critical to our economy. 

CODER DOJO

 

Equipping Youth with Coding Skills

Coder Dojo is a coding club and collaborative effort between several community partners. It introduces kids ages 7 through 17 to app development, game creation, Python and JavaScript programming, and a variety of hands-on robotic activities.

EDUCATION AWARDS

 

Rewarding Our High-Achieving Youth & Educators

Career & Technical Education Awards

Greater Lafayette Commerce works in partnership with the Wildcat Creek Career Cooperative to recognize Tippecanoe County high school students for singular outstanding performance in their field of study.  Course offerings range from Agricultural Power to Textiles and Fashion and enable students to enter the workforce with advanced training and readiness to contribute back to the community. 

In 2019, 42 area high school students were honored.

 

Golden Apple

This award recognizes and celebrates the positive contributions of educational leaders in Tippecanoe County.  Educators are nominated by students, parents, and colleagues.

In 2019, five educational leaders were honored. 

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Lafayette-West Lafayette: Home of Purdue University
 
Learn about the great higher education opportunities offered by Greater Lafayette’s colleges and universities.

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Ivy Tech Community College

INDIANA TECH

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Greater Lafayette offers robust opportunities for adult education through the programs listed below.

READY TO WORK / SkillUP!

 
Faced with the need for skilled, ready-to-work applicants, several area manufacturers formed an alliance to seek solutions. The opportunity to design a sector-focused career pathway that included industry-recognized credentials and created “work-and-learn” opportunities for youth and adults was a perfect fit for the immediate hiring needs in our region.

ADVANCING MANUFACTURING

 
In partnership with Greater Lafayette Commerce, Ivy Tech Community College, and Region 4 Workforce Board, the Advancing Manufacturing program was created to answer company’s needs for “in demand” training.  Since then, hundreds have been trained in Certified Production Technician, CDLA, NIMS Maintenance training, and much more.

LAFAYETTE ADULT RESOURCE ACADEMY (L.A.R.A.)

 
The mission of the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (L.A.R.A.) is to teach academic and life skills that enable learners to make productive, ongoing changes in their personal lives, in society, and in public policy.