Last school year, IPS closed three high school campuses and went from seven high schools to four. This was under the reinvent IPS high schools movement. Under this district restructure, IPS moved to an all choice model. This model allowed students to choose the high school they wanted to attend based on future career interests. Making significant district changes does not come cheaply. Luckily, $1 million is coming to IPS to help bolster career experiences for students.
At a news conference on April 10, 2019, JPMorgan Chase revealed it was donating $1 million to IPS. The company representative expressed the need for investing in “Indianapolis’ most valuable resource: our vibrant student population.” These funds will allow IPS to provide work-based opportunities for students in a career of interest. Hopefully, the work-based opportunity will lead to employment in the future.
IPS’ district pillars are the three Es: enroll, employ, or enlist. This funding will help with the first two Es and allow students to determine a path for college or a path to join the workforce immediately after graduation.
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