Talent & Workforce Development

We prepare Indiana’s best and brightest for jobs here at home

Across the country, states are reorienting their economic development strategies around talent attraction, retention, and development. As the largest producer of Indiana’s nurses, teachers, dentists, IT professionals, surgeons, lawyers, and police officers of any Indiana college or university, Indiana University plays a major role in supporting the state’s talent strategy.

But just producing more graduates is insufficient. Fast-growing sectors like finance, information technology, health care, business services, education, and government are education-intensive, demanding both knowledge-based and applied skills. The Office of the Vice President for University Relations helps to facilitate opportunities for applied-skill development by building partnerships that can lead to internships, guest speaking on campus, capstone projects, or other types of career exposure.

Education-to-Employment Convergence

The Office of the Vice President for University Relations hosts Education-to-Employment (E2E) Convergence, an annual forum that brings together employers, policy makers, and higher education institutions to identify ways in which we can work together to promote career awareness and skills development opportunities for Indiana college students. By convening all those with a vested interest in developing Indiana’s college graduates, we can advance the types of partnerships that help ensure that graduates enter the workforce with the skills they need to be successful.

Learn more about E2E Convergence

P–16 Center for Research and Collaboration

The P–16 Center for Research and Collaboration facilitates partnerships that lead to improvement in education from prekindergarten through postsecondary education. The center’s overarching goal is to improve college access and success, especially for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Several of the center’s funded projects focus on enhancing the foundational areas of mathematics, science, and technology education.

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Through the Lilly Endowment Collaborations grant, IU is working to support state talent retention efforts in Indiana by:

  • Developing programs in early career awareness
  • Matching careers and curricula
  • Enhancing targeted career skills
  • Expanding experiential and service learning
  • Creating networks of universities and potential employers