LIFT Regional Innovation Center

Mattoon CUSD #2 | Mattoon, Illinois
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Mattoon school district's LIFT (Leaders Innovating for Tomorrow) houses a regional innovation center for the surrounding 28 school districts in the area. The six-story, 50,000 square foot center offers a variety of work-ready and leadership training programs.

Programs include culinary arts, manufacturing and construction trades, HVAC, information technology, childcare, communications, and a leadership institute. LIFT focuses on developing young adults by teaching leadership to every student, creating a culture of student empowerment, and aligning systems to drive results in academics.

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  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Leadership Training
  • Work-ready Programming
  • Serves 28 Regional Districts
  • Hands-On Learning
  • Makerspaces
The Challenge

Located at the heart of a small town that is rich in history, the 1928 building is a symbol of the community. Since 1975, the facility previously housed an innovative company that specialized in connecting others through technology and a workplace that valued collaboration and idea sharing.

The Solution

Today, the iconic building and site provide the opportunity to serve future generations. With the ability to use the site virtually as it was, design focus was directed to renovating the inside. The facility is now a direct reflection of the values and efforts that lived within its walls for years prior, re-imagined to house a community of students from different backgrounds available to 28 school districts.

Success Story
Meet Logan - HVAC & Electric Vehicle Pathway, 2022/2023

Logan was connected with a partnering company through the center, interviewed for a full-time apprenticeship as an Industrial Maintenance Technician, tested, and got
the position. He will be working full-time, and the company will also send him to a local community college for his Industrial Maintenance Certification, giving him a raise once he finishes!

Elevating Technology and Pathways

This regional innovation and technology center is a central hub for students to prepare for college or careers straight out of high school. The facility has been designed to support programs for Communications, Childcare, Information Technology, HVAC/Green Energy, Manufacturing, Architecture & Construction, Leadership, Culinary Arts and Hospitality.

“This space is beyond just a school, this is a regional center built and created to provide experiences for kids to put them on pathways that they never had opportunities to be on before.”

- District Leader