November 15, 2019 / Vincennes University Early College receives
grants to expand in Northeast Indiana
VINCENNES, Ind. – With the help of more than $1 million in grants,
the Vincennes University Early College Program will expand its work to
increase college readiness and career preparation in Northeast Indiana.
The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet recognized the Early College
Program’s leadership by awarding a Local Career Coaching Grant.
The $109,900 grant builds on 21st Century Community Learning Center
activities started last year by extending programming such as career
exploration; project-based learning; field trips; paid internships and
apprenticeships; and Saturday and evening career courses.
VU’s partners include the East Allen County Schools (East Allen
University and East Allen County Schools Career and Technical
Education program), WorkOne – Northeast Indiana Works, Associated
Builders and Contractors, Inc. (Indiana/Kentucky Chapter), Allen
County Education and Career Coalition, Fort Wayne Metals, Fort Wayne
Housing Authority, Questa Education Foundation, Fort Wayne/Allen
County NAACP Branch #3049, Parkview Health, 3 Rivers Federal Credit
Union, Soaring Minds, and EWIN of Center of Excellence in Leadership
“We want to be a premier leader in providing Early College
experiences for all students. With this grant, we are able to provide
early intervention, beginning at kindergarten through adults,” Odelet
Nance, VU Assistant Dean of Instruction-Early College Programs for
Northeast Indiana, said. “We are able to provide career exploration
opportunities to community adults and offer introductory career
courses focusing on Indiana’s high demand, high wage careers.
Elementary, middle, and high school students will have age appropriate
resources such as books, assessments and games based on career
navigation. Industry field trips and job shadowing experiences are
In 2018, the Indiana Department of Education awarded the VU Early
College Programs-Fort Wayne (East Allen University) a four-year,
$932,000 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. The program
prepares middle school students for the Early College experience
through tutoring, leadership opportunities, college visits, and clubs.
In addition, it allows high school students to take Vincennes
University courses before school, after school, and on Saturdays. The
grant is designed to increase career and college readiness for
“Ultimately, we would like students and adults to explore their
interests, career options, and then obtain a credential from Vincennes
University,” Nance said.
More information about VU’s Early College is available at https://www.vinu.edu/web/earlycollege/welcome.
Odelet Nance, PhD
Assistant Dean of Instruction-Early College Programs for Northeast
Indiana Vincennes University Phone: (260)446-0240 ext.
7502 Fax: 260-446-0249
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
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