Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) is a federal initiative designed to transform the nation's economy through regional partnerships and cooperation. And Purdue University oversees the Indiana WIRED program.
Through these partnerships, Purdue University and the College of Technology are:
- Linking industry to university innovations - technologies, technical assistance, and skill development
- Working with two key groups: (1) emerging and existing entrepreneurs, including K-12 students and individuals in new or early-stage businesses as well as (2) community leaders and supporting organizations that make up the entrepreneurship infrastructure.
- Building our future workforce by assisting schools with the adoption of new Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) project-based learning models and helping to build teachers' capacities to teach in the STEM disciplines.
This guidance will help WIRED work toward increased innovation and growth in the region’s advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, and agri-business/food processing/technology clusters.