Access to Vocational Training & STEM Education

High School Students in South Central Indiana are served by regional vocational/technical centers that annually train thousands of students. South Central Indiana is a national leader in K-12 enrollments in “Project Lead The Way” pre-engineering and STEM-education coursework.


Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCE)

The AMCE opened in 2012 via partnership with IUPUC, Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, and Ivy Tech Community College. This center offers 13 teaching laboratories, including:

Materials & Heat Treatment | Mechanical Engineering | Mechatronics | Metrology | PLC Systems | Robotics

Data Points

Pipeline of Workers In the Region

The following data was collected in 2021:

  • 9.3% of local adults hold an Associate’s Degree 
  • 15.1% of local adults hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 28,769 local adults hold a Graduate, Professional or Doctorate
  • 6 Colleges and Universities are located in this region