Vincennes University awarded $2.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vincennes University was recently awarded a $2.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to fund various programs.

The grant was made through Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities, an initiative to strengthen higher education attainment and resources in Indiana.

Photo courtesy of Marcia Martinez & Vincennes University.

The grant will focus in on the areas of workforce development, dual credit career and technical education, and that help diversify the pipeline of students headed into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

“We are extremely grateful to Lilly Endowment for its continued generous support not only of Vincennes University, but also higher education in general in our state. During these challenging times, this kind of support will help us continue building on the important work we are doing in Vincennes, Jasper, Indianapolis, and throughout Indiana,” said VU President Dr. Chuck Johnson.

According to a release, one initiative that will be supported through the grant will be VU’s partnership with major Central Indiana employers to help expand technical education and work-based learning opportunities in the critical advanced manufacturing sector.

“Advanced manufacturing is vital to Indiana and beyond and a highly skilled technical workforce is critical for manufacturers to remain globally competitive. VU is proud of our history of working closely with employers to prepare students for these high-skill, high-wage, in-demand careers,” said Johnson.

The grant was awarded under the second phase of Lilly Endowment’s 3-phase Charting the Future initiative. Grants under a third phase will be awarded in 2021.

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