About the Program

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Shelby County, and the City of Shelbyville are economic development partners—building business alliances, inspiring entrepreneurs, and educating tomorrow’s innovators.

Innovative Model: Positioning Communities for Transformation (IMPaCT) goals:

  1. Building Mathematics and Science Foundation to increase the interest and skills of Shelby County students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by using Rose-Hulman programs, including Operation Catapult and Rose-Hulman Ventures Innovation Partnership.
  2. Shelby County Entrepreneurial Internship Program to inspire innovation and economic development by providing learning opportunities in industry to students and attracting talent to Shelby County.

IMPaCT components include:

  • EMERGE, is a STEM enrichment program designed to enhance career awareness and academic achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for high school students. The EMERGE program connects Shelby County students with industry partners and Rose-Hulman mentors.
  • Operation Catapult is a unique summer program for high school students who have completed their junior year. Students integrate and supplement previous learning; explore fundamental scientific and engineering principles and systems; and have an opportunity to live on campus.
  • Rose-Hulman Ventures provides access to engineering services for Shelby County companies that seek solutions to technology challenges in the innovation or design stage of development.
  • Shelby County Innovation Internship Program provides companies in the county access to talent and technical skills with Rose-Hulman students, and positions Shelby County as an attractive location to work and live. Rose-Hulman students gain real world experience and continue to develop professional skills.
  • The Innovation Network connects Shelby County industry, academic, and government leadership with Rose-Hulman alumni, faculty, leadership, students, staff, and supporters by providing opportunities to network and promote innovation in education and economic development.

This innovation-based economic partnership model bridges the gap between industry and education with Rose-Hulman, a leading institution in engineering, science, and mathematics, and Shelby County and the City of Shelbyville.

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