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Engaging K-12 Students

Students from the Greater Lafayette region are eligible to attend one of the many career awareness programs powered by Greater Lafayette Commerce.

K-12 Initiatives

Exposing Youth to High Skill, High Demand Careers

Greater Lafayette Commerce plans several programs that engage educators and students in grades K-12.  The programs span across the Greater Lafayette region and provide the opportunity to learn more about high tech advanced manufacturing and logistics careers. In 2018, we exposed 1,600+ area students to manufacturing.​

Learn more about our programs:

Manufacturing Week

Manufacturing Week 2022 will be announced soon! Stayed tuned for registration links. During this week we provide cool virtual and in-person events that highlight the many opportunities and career paths available in advanced manufacturing.  The programs include hands-on experiences for younger kids, as well as activities and tours of manufacturing facilities for high school students.  Teachers can sign up for virtual or in-person activities.  There is no cost to attend.  Click to learn more.

Manufacturing Month

Join us for Manufacturing Awareness all month long on a singular digital platform. During the first week, your students will dive into the world of design as it is used in manufacturing. The second week your students will learn about the production floor processes and methods for the physical creation of manufactured items. In third week, your students will learn about transportation and the role it plays in manufacturing. Finally, in the last week, your students will learn about careers that support manufacturing companies. Click to learn more.

Robotics in Manufacturing Camp

Robotics in Manufacturing Camp consists of several week-long sessions that educate students about the applications of new technology in modern manufacturing using programmable robotic equipment, 3D printing and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs.  There is no cost to attend the camps.


Equipping Youth with Coding Skills​

CoderDojo is a coding club for ages 7 – 17.  We have several clubs throughout the region.  All clubs teach coding and programming but offer additional fun activities to teach about robotics, circuitry and more.  There is no cost to attend.

Other Career Exploration Opportunities

Tippecanoe Building Trades hosts a Building Trades Council Expo during each summer.  Students aged 14 – 25 and educators in these career pathways can attend expo events from each Union in our region every Tuesday throughout the summer.

Builders Association of Greater Lafayette hosts C2EXPO each year to learn about careers in construction.  2021 event is scheduled for November 2021.

For more information, contact:

Kara Webb
Director Workforce Development
(765) 742-4044

Paul Moses
VP Economic & Workforce Development
(765) 742-4044

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