Education / Universities

The Indianapolis region has a wide variety of educational and workforce training options. An unprecedented 26 college campuses are located either within the region or within a 90-mile drive, and 76 leading colleges and universities are located throughout the state, including nationally renowned programs at Indiana University, Purdue University, Butler University, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Also of note, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is Indiana's urban research and academic health sciences campus, with 19 schools and academic units which grant degrees in more than 200 programs from both Indiana University and Purdue University. IUPUI is located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, with more than 30,000 students representing all 50 states and 122 countries.

The fastest growing community college system in the country

Ivy Tech is the fastest growing community college system in the country and its programs are offered through classes located in each of the 9 Indianapolis Region counties in addition to the main city of Indianapolis campus. Indiana residents pay just $116 per credit hour for Fall 2013 and many types of grants and financial aid are available.

Ivy Tech also offers Accelerated Certified Training provided by the Workforce and Economic Development department at Ivy Tech Community College. Accelerated Certified Training helps employers build a workforce that’s better skilled, more productive, and ready to move an organization forward in today’s competitive marketplace. Employers can choose prepackaged programs or work with Ivy Tech to customize training that targets the specific needs of their businesses.

At a Glance
  • Residents have access to more than 26 university and college campuses
  • #11 School of Business– Indiana University
  • #9 School of Engineering – Purdue University
  • #4 Master’s of Business in Midwest – Butler University
  • #1 School of Engineering – Rose-Hulman Institute
  • Three secondary school districts are highly ranked nationally by Business Week
  • 82% of secondary school districts have graduation rates above the national average

From our partners at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Skills Enhancement Fund (SEF)

The Skills Enhancement Fund (SEF) provides financial assistance to businesses committed to training their workforce. Trainees must be Indiana residents. SEF reimburses eligible training expenses over a two-year term. Companies may reapply for additional SEF funds after their initial two-year term. IEDC typically does not provide reimbursement for training that is required by law.

Technology Enhancement Certification for Hoosiers (TECH)

The Technology Enhancement Certification for Hoosiers (TECH) Fund is a reimbursement grant program designed to help companies meet the demands of the new IT economy by increasing the number of certified information technology workers in Indiana. This program provides financial assistance to companies that are committed to training their workers on the latest information technology.

The Indy Partnership facilitates contact with incentive providers at the state and local level. We also facilitate workforce recruitment opportunities at the local level through our local economic development partners in the 9 Indianapolis Region counties.