INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 22,
2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Infosys Foundation USA, a non-profit organization focused on
bridging the digital divide in America, announced a
$200,000 investment to support
Hoosiers in their pursuit of upskilling for tech careers. The
funding will be awarded to the Central Indiana Corporate
Partnership (CICP) Foundation to support TechPoint, Indiana's industry-led growth initiative for
the state's tech ecosystem, as well as partners Nextech and
Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS),
to expand proven programming statewide and to implement new
tech-career programs in central Indiana.
"The Foundation has a strong history in Indiana, having launched our signature K-12
computer science teacher-focused Pathfinders Institute at
Indiana University Bloomington in 2018.
We're thrilled to now reflect our expanded mission to digitally
upskill the future workforce through our partnership with
TechPoint, focused on advancing the Mission41K initiative," said,
Kate Maloney, Executive Director,
Infosys Foundation USA. "There
are few sure bets in the world, but an investment in the education
of Hoosiers is one we're confident will yield invaluable results
The Foundation's support is designed to help achieve TechPoint's
Mission41K initiative, which aims to add 41,000 Hoosiers to the
state's workforce by 2030 and will benefit not only K-12 teachers
and students, but also reach learners post-high school who seek
relevant digital skills.
"Mission41K's success will require new, sustainable pathways
from high school to career readiness, as well as significantly
scalable adult apprenticeship pathways into tech-related careers,"
said, Ting Gootee, President and CEO, TechPoint. "This
funding will help us move from design to execution for new
programming and to expand Nextech's proven training program, and we
are grateful for it."
The Foundation-supported grant is designed to reach K-12
educators to adult learners. The funding will enable the training
of 30 computer science and information technology teachers selected
from across Indiana, addressing
the shortage of trained teachers in tech pathways. President
Karen Jung, Nextech emphasized
the critical need for more trained teachers in tech education.
"Hoosier students are just as interested in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) courses that are important pathways to
tech careers, but the state simply doesn't have enough
STEM-certified teachers to keep students engaged. This is a
critical need that we're thrilled to fill and are greatly
encouraged by this support."
The grant will also strategically leverage the Foundation's
Infosys Springboard USA digital
learning platforms for IPS high school students and their educators
district-wide – aiming to double participation in tech career
pathways over the next two to three years.
Acknowledging the support from Infosys Foundation USA, Jennifer
Berry, CTE Pathway Director for IPS expressed enthusiasm
about the opportunities this initiative will create for students to
engage with successful tech careers. "Getting training is one
thing, yet gaining a glimpse into the tech industry and engaging
with people who are already in successful tech careers is huge. I
foresee waiting lists to take part in these opportunities."
The Foundation's support will further extend to adult
apprenticeships, providing preparation and access to technology
skills for Hoosiers, especially those in underserved rural areas.
The funding will help lower the cost of upskilling, enriched by
access to over 8,000 course offerings in the latest technology
trends and professional skills within the Infosys Springboard
USA Digital Academy.
Overall, nearly 5,000 Hoosiers are expected to benefit from this
Infosys Foundation USA-funded
programing, with a focus on increasing participation from
historically underrepresented populations. The efforts align with
TechPoint's commitment to building a larger tech workforce
inclusively, from K-12 through adult learners, ultimately impacting
Indiana's digital innovation
economy and tech ecosystem.
About Infosys Foundation USA
The Foundation's mission is to expand access to computer science
and maker education for K-12+ students and educators across the
USA, while working to upskill all
learners for 21st century technology-enabled opportunities. The
Foundation achieves impact through the delivery of professional
development programs for educators; partnerships with leading
nonprofits that reach the most underrepresented; innovative media
campaigns and awards that inspire everyone to be creators, not just
consumers, of technology and the Infosys Springboard USA digital learning platforms offering the
latest technology trends and professional upskilling to all
learners. For more information, visit infosys.org/USA.
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