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MCS receives $234,265 IDOE grant

Andy Klotz
Students receive career info

Muncie, Ind. – Muncie Community Schools (MCS) has received $234,265 in funding from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to expand students’ exposure to high-demand career opportunities. The Explore, Engage and Experience (3E) grant will help provide career coaching for students, a customized curriculum and other programs and events that will be implemented over the next two years.

MCS is partnering with Project Leadership and Ivy Tech to execute the initiative that will have measurable outcomes for students, including increased access, enrollment and completion of a Next Level Program of Study, the Indiana College Core or a Graduation Pathway high-value credential.

“This is a wonderful way to build on the programs we already have at Central and the Muncie Area Career Center,” MCS CEO and Director of Public Education Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski said. “We’re happy to be working with Project Leadership and Ivy Tech in order to help our students be as prepared as possible for success after high school.”

MCS is one of 97 schools and organizations to receive this funding, which is part of the state’s $57 million allotment of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds. A full list of recipients can be found here.

“Throughout students’ 13 years in K-12, we must do everything possible to ensure students are empowered to develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue their purpose, whether that leads to employment, enrollment or enlistment leading to service,” Indiana Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner said. “In order to do this, in elementary and middle school we must make sure students can read, are immersed in STEM and are provided opportunities to explore and engage in a variety of careers.”

The state’s ESSER III plan originally called for $25 million to be distributed, but was increased to $57 million due to an overwhelming response in strong applicants across Indiana.

About Muncie Community Schools

Serving the local community since 1855, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) educates more than 5,000 students at six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school while also managing several other educational facilities. Through its unique partnership with Ball State University, MCS strives to maximize each student’s potential so he or she can be a positive, productive member of society. Find out more about MCS or Director of Public Education and CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski at