Organization name: Marian University

Program Type

Academic programs
Work-based learning programs

Ages Served:

12-18 Years
19-25 Years


Brief Program Summary: From its earliest beginnings, Marian University has had a legacy of providing high quality educational opportunities to the community in which it lives. Founded in 1851, by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, Marian University’s Franciscan Values of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship have taught us to live out our heritage through service to our community. Project Build, a community outreach arm of Klipsch Educator’s College, is one example of how Marian University community initiatives are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Through funding from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Project Build partners with EmployIndy, local community centers and nonprofits to bring high quality educational opportunities to adults living in Indianapolis’ lowest resource areas. Project Build intentionally embeds itself in low resource areas working collaboratively with community partners such as EmployIndy, Edna Martin Christian Center, PACE Recovery Resource Center, Flanner House, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Turner Housing, The Construction Roundtable Foundation, and Hope Center Indy. Project Build and its partners deliver academic and occupational training services where they are needed the most, helping community members earn their high school equivalency diploma, obtain an industry recognized entry-level certificate in a high demand field, or gain the literacy and math skills needed to enter postsecondary education.
Success Metrics: During Program Year 2020-2021, Project Build served 203 students with the following results: 90% completed workforce development training including workplace readiness skills; 72% earned industry recognized certifications; 71% earned High School Equivalency Diplomas.


Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served


Black or African Americans Annually Served


Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served


Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: Marion
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: N/A


Annual Operating Cost: $500,000
Initial Start-Up Cost: $500,000

Contact Information

Organization Name: Marian University
Respondents Name: Judy Bardonner
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