Our Mission

Meet Ignite Institute 

Our focus is to provide an education that focuses on providing career opportunities for students in career fields that are in demand in our community.  We are creating a future where industry and education work together to provide the skills and creativity to succeed in our fast paced technology driven society. Through project based learning, students will have authentic, real-world experiences that will prepare them for the jobs of the future. Students will have access to over 20 dual credit courses through a partnership with local universities that will allow them to graduate from Ignite with an Associate’s Degree.

Next Generation Learning 

We live in an age where technology, creativity and entrepreneurship are outpacing our current ways of educating our students.  Parents, students and the community is looking to our schools to prepare students for careers and opportunities that have not been developed or conceptualized.  Today’s students need to have experiences that will give them the confidence and intrapersonal skills needed to be a competitive and productive professional.

Our goal is to provide a blended learning experience for students that includes working collaboratively and individually using an online platform. The teacher becomes a facilitator and mentor to their students providing them the resources and support they need to achieve their goals. Project Based learning will also be part of the DNA at the Ignite Institute.  Students and teachers will collaborate with industry partners to solve real world problems which will give students the skills necessary to succeed.

The structure of the curriculum is built upon our seven career colleges.  These are academic pathways that begin at the freshman level and are aligned with career opportunities that will continue to be in demand.  The seven colleges are; Design, Engineering, Robotics, Logistics, Construction, Bio Medical, and Education.

Another learning component at Ignite is providing students with access to dual credit college classes while their high school diploma. The college classes will allow students to earn up to an associates degree by the time the graduate.  The college credits are transferable to all public colleges in the state of Kentucky. This will give students a head start on finishing their degree at and building a strong foundation in order to graduate on time and at a reduced cost.

Collaborating for a better tomorrow 

Ignite will have numerous points of community and business partnership that will benefit both scholars and the region.  Local colleges and other state institutions have played a crucial role in the planning and development of the school. Guiding the work at Ignite, industry will take a deeper role in curriculum and mentorship of scholars than in traditional school.  It is the promise of Ignite that not only will students be prepared to work in Industry, but graduate as leaders and entrepreneurs in their chosen field. At Ignite students participate in authentic, personally challenging work that is meaningful beyond the school wall – and most importantly within the context of a caring and loving community.  

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Ignite’s creators didn’t have to look far for inspiration; the half-day Kenton County Academies of Innovation and Technology program was established five years ago, with the similar goal of transmitting cutting-edge skills to strengthen our regional workforce. Jerry Gels and Julie Whitis of the Kenton County Academies have been tapped to serve as co-principals at Ignite.

Collaborating for a Better Tomorrow

Ignite will have numerous points of community and business partnership that will benefit both scholars and the region. Local colleges and other state institutions have played a crucial role in the planning and development of the school. Guiding the work at Ignite, industry will take a deeper role in curriculum and mentorship of scholars than in traditional school. It is the promise of Ignite that not only will students be prepared to work in Industry, but graduate as leaders and entrepreneurs in their chosen field. At Ignite students participate in authentic, personally challenging work that is meaningful beyond the school wall – and most importantly within the context of a caring and loving community.

“It’s a unique collaboration that I believe can be a state and national model of regional school districts, business, industry and community working together to improve the way we live and learn,” says Dr. Webb. “There are pockets of excellence across Kentucky and the nation, but not until now have we seen a regional approach with everyone coming together to ensure success.”

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Ignite educates people from every age group, socioeconomic background and walk of life. Portions of the Ignite campus will also be dedicated for use by Greater Cincinnati educators and caregivers across the Pre-K to postgraduate spectrum.