The Indiana Commission for Higher Education, along with Roadtrip Nation and several education and business leaders, announces today the completion of a collaborative documentary exploring some of Indiana’s most in-demand fields.
The one-hour documentary will air 9 p.m. Sept. 6 on WFYI and will be available to stream online at stateofchangefilm.com.
“State of Change” is part of a statewide push for intentional career exploration and work-based learning opportunities for Hoosier students. The documentary follows three students – Shannon, Dengke and Jaedyn – on a road trip across the state as they interview professionals who are pioneering breakthroughs in several key industries, including information technology, advanced manufacturing and agriculture.
The State of Change Professionals included two from Fishers, Polina Feldman of Recovery Force and Santiago Jaramillo of Emplify. The other professionals are Lindsay Siovaila of Salesforce (Indianapolis), Brian Scott of The Farmer’s Life (Delphi), Joshua Cowan of GE Aviation (Lafayette), Dr. David Uhr of DOW AgroSciences (Mount Vernon) and Hallie Brinkerhuff of Zimmer Biomet (Warsaw).
The documentary closely aligns with Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Next Level Jobs initiative, which aims to help Hoosiers secure jobs in the state’s high-demand, high-priority industries.
“The documentary is a powerful representation of the dynamic range of job opportunities right here in Indiana,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this national initiative and show our students that they can find a meaningful, in-demand career in the Hoosier state—and we’ll help make sure they get the skills and experiences they need to secure that career.”
“State of Change” was developed in partnership with Roadtrip Nation, a national career exploration organization that empowers people to define their own roads in life. In addition to the documentary, the initiative features career-themed classroom resources for local schools and a free, online “Share Your Road” platform to encourage Indiana employees to share their personal and professional journeys. Companies and organizations can utilize the platform to build a talent pipeline and attract Hoosier students.
Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, “State of Change” was made possible with additional support from Strada Education Network, First Source Bank, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
“This collaborative, statewide effort brought together educators and employers with government and philanthropy leaders to help Hoosier students understand the changing landscape of Indiana’s economy,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We are proud of the hard work and partnership that has brought this initiative to life, ensuring our students are well equipped for success after high school.”
To learn more about “State of Change,” visit roadtripnation.com/roadtrip/Indiana.