VISION of INDUSTRY and SCHOOLS
in ONGOING NETWORKS
of Industry and Schools In Ongoing Networks
Applications for the 2010 -2011 VISION Program
will be available February 2010.
a 3 credit hour graduate level course.
It is also an ongoing process which involves Business, Higher
Education and Public Education teachers building networks and
gaining experiences in order to enhance curriculum and classroom
VISION is a
Teacher/Curriculum Enhancement Course and Partnership initiated by
the Delphi Electronics & Safety and Kokomo-Center Schools (DEKCS)
Business/Education partnership and introduced to the community in
1994. VISION has grown
into a unique, total community partnership between 10 businesses,
the five Howard County school corporations, one Miami County and one
Tipton County school corporations, as well as Indiana
University-Kokomo (IU Kokomo) and Ivy Tech Community College.
designed to enhance both teaching and learning in local schools by
transferring real-world, “state-of-the-art” business experiences
into classroom instruction. The instruction for this graduate level
course is concentrated in a two-week period during a summer session
in which teachers, Grades 4 through post-secondary, are exposed,
“on-site”, to the operations, processes and the latest technology
functioning in business and industry.
from an IU Kokomo curriculum specialist, and technical assistance
from IU Kokomo and Ivy Tech educators, the teachers are required to
translate their business experiences into curricula for their
development and classroom implementation are completed by the end of
the Fall semester. For
meeting these criteria, the teachers, known as “VISION Fellows”,
earn three (3) graduate Education credits from Indiana University
Kokomo at no cost to them.
Participating teachers are also eligible to receive a stipend
of $600 in addition to the paid IU Kokomo tuition.
partnership program also is designed to develop lasting networks
between teachers, key business professionals and post-secondary
educators, all of whom can then be accessed in the future for both
the continued benefit of the teacher and his/her students.
VISION is designed to enhance the quality of teacher instruction and
to improve students’ understanding between the relevancy of the
subject matter being taught and what
goes on in the real world.
By doing so, the students either will become more employable
as better prepared workers for the technological businesses of today
and tomorrow or better prepared college students.
With the conclusion of the 2009 program, 280 teachers will
have earned the “VISION Fellow” status.
organizations currently involved in VISION include:
Delphi Electronics & Safety, Square D, Duke Energy, Coca-Cola
Bottling Co., St. Joseph Hospital, Shearing Printing & Office
Solutions, Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Harris Bank and
Kokomo Grain Company.
For more Information contact:
Glenn H. Grundmann, VISION Program
Indiana University Kokomo,
P.O. Box 9003,
Kokomo, IN 46904-9003