Rethinking what it means to be a career and technical education center.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER.

RETHINKING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER.

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

To create a holistic system that enables the successful transition of students into connected postsecondary educational institutions as well as an equally accessible community of engaged employers.

To create a holistic system that enables the successful transition of students into connected postsecondary educational institutions as well as an equally accessible community of engaged employers.

OUR VISION

OUR VISION

WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO

OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

KURT CANTLON

Executive Director

Kurt Cantlon is the Executive Director of the Pursuit Institute. Prior to joining The Pursuit Institute, Kurt worked in Career and Technical Education as the Director for Wildcat Creek Career Cooperative.  Over the course of his career, Kurt has worked with youth from all different situations and backgrounds throughout Central Indiana.  He started his career as a probation officer and worked in mental health prior to becoming a school counselor.  He has worked in education for the past 14 years as a counselor and administrator. 

As Director for Wildcat Creek Career Cooperative Kurt worked to expand programming options for students, build partnerships with industry, and provide students opportunities to gain hands on experiences in career fields of interest.  He has worked, both as a counselor and administrator, with students to encourage being intentional and active participants in planning for their future through the courses and experiences that they select.  Along with industry partners like Frito Lay, Kurt worked to develop relationships with city and county government, economic development, not-for-profit organizations like Bauer Family Resources and United Way, and Ivy Tech Community College to drive career development for students. 

Kurt is a graduate of Westfield High School and lives in Hamilton County with his wife and 2 boys.  His wife works for Sheridan High School and his boys attend Hamilton Heights Schools.  He received his undergraduate degree from Hanover College.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Counselor Education from IUPUI and he completed his Administration License coursework through Purdue University. 

OUR BEGINNINGS

OUR BEGINNINGS

The Pursuit Institute launched in 2021 under the brand “Hamilton County Center for Career Achievement,” making the long-time dream of the educational and government leaders in Hamilton County a reality. With visionary leadership from the Hamilton County Council, Commissioners, and public school superintendents, the Hamilton County Center for Career Achievement was established and then proceeded to: