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About iDEW

Bright Futures

Our workforce development initiative opens opportunities for underrepresented minorities by providing them with skills that meet the needs of tech employers in Indiana and nationwide.

Designed and managed by the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indianapolis, the Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW) program prepares underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged high school students in Indiana for informatics and computing careers.

Students can participate in iDEW for multiple years during high school, diving into new projects and learning modules as they advance through the program. Many will earn professional IT certifications that prepare them for the workforce or for going on to two-year or four-year academic paths in informatics.

Our goal: to provide a successful and diverse workforce that can power the digital economy.

Funded by the Indiana Department of Education

The work of iDEW is made possible by a $2.6 million dollar grant from the Indiana Department of Education. The grant, known as the Explore, Engage and Experience (3E) fund, originates from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III plan.

Our Impact

Through community partnerships, iDEW is committed to attracting diverse groups of teens to informatics subjects with:

  • Innovative, relevant, and engaging programs
  • Mentorship support
  • Development of real-world skills and knowledge
  • Curriculum developed with input from tech industries
iDEW alumni enrolled in college
Enrolled in a STEM program
Indiana teachers trained in Computing by Design
College Graduates
STEM Graduates
Students enrolled or graduated from grad school

Partner Schools

  • Arsenal Technical High School
  • George Washington High School
  • Herron High School
  • McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology (MSD Lawrence Township)
  • Pike High School
  • Providence Cristo Rey High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Southport High School