THE HUB & SPOKE INSTITUTE (HSI) exists to inspire, educate, and empower the future makers – the leaders – of America. It’s a mission we take seriously.

HSI is cultivating the next generation of skilled makers by providing college, CTE (career training education), and entrepreneurial pathways to high- paying, high-demand jobs. It’s a playground of manufacturing equipment, tools, technology, and arts with career training and education. It includes a community workshop, innovation lab, and art studio combined with STEAM- based (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) experiential learning.

On location at the Hub & Spoke Institute, teachers-in-residence teach curriculum developed by Purdue Polytechnic High School, HSE, and private industry partners.


In 2017, recognizing that many high school graduates are ill-prepared for the rigors of post-secondary education and don’t possess the technical aptitudes, on-the-job experience, and life skills employers demand, Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) opened its first location in downtown Indianapolis. PPHS’s mission is to create an environment of academic excellence characterized by industry-focused experiential learning, mentors
who nurture, guide and build trust, and students who develop a natural thirst to learn in preparation for lifelong journeys.

In 2020, in a unique collaboration between Purdue Polytechnic High School, Hamilton Southeastern Schools (HSE), the City of Fishers, the Hub & Spoke Institute, and private industry partners, the team developed the first of its kind partnership with Purdue Polytechnic High School – HSE Polytechnic powered by Purdue Polytechnic High School. This new venture provides students with the tools and skills they need to excel not only in the classroom but also in high-demand, high-paying jobs, and education beyond high school. Students are inspired, engaged, immersed, and in charge of their learning. They leave high school with college credit and in-demand industry credentials to high-paying careers.

“We are excited to partner with Hamilton Southeastern Schools, the City of Fishers and the Hub & Spoke Institute to provide an opportunity for students in the district to experience the Purdue Polytechnic High School approach to learning. The hands-on, project-based design thinking way of learning has proven to be very successful at the PPHS Indianapolis schools and this collaboration will create an opportunity for scaling the experience.”
— Scott Bess, Head of School at Purdue Polytechnic High School


STEAM-focused courses and credits. Students learn core academic principles and skills needed in the 21st-century economy through an immersive STEAM experience. Students graduate with a well-rounded education, possessing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to succeed in college and the workforce. HSE Polytechnic powered by Purdue Polytechnic High School delivers the courses and credits that relate to an Indiana Core 40, Academic, or Technical Honors diploma. The school model places special emphasis on a core set of competencies that have been identified by employers and universities as being key to student success. These competencies are integrated into every aspect of the student experience and form a substantial percentage of their academic grades.

Experiential Learning. Learning happens best when students must apply and use their knowledge
to solve problems and meet challenges in a “real-world” authentic context. With experiential learning, students learn by doing, using their hands and their minds. Students collaborate with classmates, coaches, and industry mentors to complete projects that are designed by our industry partners. These projects challenge students to dive deep into research, determine commercial viability, gather data, brainstorm solutions, conduct trials, and build prototypes toward the best project outcome.

Every student at HSE Polytechnic participates in an authentic project work from the very first week of their enrollment. The projects fall into two categories: First, industry challenges are designed to arc over the first two years of the students’ experience to give them an exposure to a broad set of industry contexts and a wide variety of careers and problem-solving techniques.

Industry Exposure and Certifications. Students at HSE Polytechnic will have frequent and early exposure to industry employers and careers. These opportunities provide students the time and space to explore their passions, develop a pathway to success and learn from experts in the field. Students also participate in Industry Certification courses designed to prepare graduates for the rigors of an exciting career.

“We at Hamilton Southeastern Schools are always looking to expand educational opportunities for our students. This partnership will provide us access to an instructional model from Purdue Polytechnic High School that dovetails seamlessly with the direction we are moving as a district, one that provides authentic learning experiences and maximizes student agency and collaboration. Additionally, our students will be able to take advantage of a partnership with private industry through Hub & Spoke Institute, enabling them to learn in a very unique environment with access to outside professionals that will enhance our ability to provide real world connections for our students.”
— Dr. Allen Bourff, Superintendent of Hamilton Southeastern Schools

Q&A with Steve Loser, HSE Polytechnic Program Director

Student enrollment ends May 8th


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Students will be eligible to participate in the The “EnterMaker” entrepreneurship program that challenges young students to create and operate a successful business. Students must identify the “why” behind their new venture or what social issue their business will solve. They will then implement all aspects of being an entrepreneur – from the business plan and product development, to marketing and customer fulfillment, and more. When students get behind a cause and recognize that what they’re doing has a real-life application, learning comes naturally. They understand that what they’re learning has a practical purpose and makes sense.

Second, students participate in passion projects, which are co-designed by school staff, students, or community businesses or organizations. These learning opportunities allow students to have more voice and choice in how they apply and use their knowledge. Students use their skills in creative and innovative ways to solve problems they are passionate about solving. Students not only create viable industry solutions to solve problems, they ultimately build a portfolio filled with unique marketable products and experiences during their high school career that shows what they know.

“Hub & Spoke Institute exists to inspire, educate, and empower the future makers and leaders of America. Whether a student’s life beyond high school consists of college, a high-paying, in-demand career or pursuing an entrepreneurial dream, Hub and Spoke’s aim is to grow awareness of opportunities, provide a hands-on educational journey in which the community becomes the classroom and create pathways to success. This provides opportunity for students to discover their passions and creates flexibility for the important choices that determine their future.”
— David Decker, Founder of Hub & Spoke Institute

Flexible and personalized learning environment. The HSE Polytechnic model provides a great deal of flexibility. Each student’s schedule is adjusted to best serve the student’s learning needs based on student feedback, coach recommendation, and academic progress. Every student has a personal “learning coach” (the HSE Polytechnic word for teacher) and is assigned to an advisory group of up to 20 students with whom they start and end each day. Students work with their coaches and fellow students to set goals, review progress, discuss current events, and plan their learning activities to build their schedules for the week. Students have ownership of their learning schedules, seek mentoring and support when they need it, and learn how to manage their workload and schedules.

Ways YOU Can Partner With Us

The Hub & Spoke Institute is a non-pro t 501 (c) (3) organization that works with companies, governments, schools, the community, nonprofits and other organizations to address the increasing need for skilled trade workers. Our partners will contribute more than money. Their ideas, volunteer power, in-kind support and more will help build a strong base of tomorrow’s trade leaders.



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