Developing & Attracting Talent


While Columbus & Bartholomew County, Indiana, is today home to a highly-productive, available workforce, our community is also keenly focused on developing a pipeline of talent to meet the future needs of employers.  As such, Columbus is home to the first K-12 Project-Based Learning magnet school in the nation.

Students at the two Columbus Signature Academy elementary schools, middle school, and New Tech High School campus work collaboratively using technology and project-based learning to solve authentic problems and create real-world projects.  From grades 7-12, “Project Lead The Way” programming promotes critical thinking, innovation, and real-world problem solving skills through hands-on, project-based, pre-engineering STEM* coursework.

The Columbus Area Career Connection Center (C4) is a regional center for providing vocational/technical training to over 3,000 students, from 5 counties and 11 high schools.  Our high schools provide students with dozens of “seamless (school-to-work) pathway” options, preparing our students for tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing and science, technology, engineering and math occupations.

Higher Education / Advanced Training

For higher education and advanced training, Columbus is the proud home of a joint campus of Indiana University-Purdue University of Columbus (IUPUC), Ivy Tech Community College, and the Purdue College of Technology.

These three state institutions partnered with the community to create the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCE), which houses thirteen manufacturing-focused teaching laboratories and college degree and certification programs.

For more information on these programs, please view our “Partner & Resource Links” page or call us today for more information.