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Good News About CTE

August, 2015 - Fort Wayne Career Academy at Anthis

FWCS Career Academy at Anthis is celebrating the success of their students at the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY.  Six students and three teachers traveled to Louisville for the week-long event, and 3 students earned medals in their skill areas.

Tyler Hack is a 2015 graduate of R. Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne, and was awarded the silver medal in the Bricklaying competition.  He has been employed for two years with the FWCS Concrete Restoration crew and was accepted into the Bricklayers Union after completing an 8-week training program in just over 2 weeks!

Also receiving medals were Alex Guldbeck, a 2015 graduate from South Side High School, in graphic design (a pin design) and Trevor Gilpin, a 2015 graduate of Homestead High School, in carpentry.  Alex had the honor of carrying the Indiana flag in the opening ceremony.  Congratulations to all three students and their teachers!

July, 2015 - C4 Columbus Area Career Connection

Three Columbus Area manufacturing plants opened their doors to C4 teachers who saw the latest developments in the technical industry.  NTN Driveshaft, Cummins and Caltherm invited six C4 teachers to sit in on design and planning meetings and observe firsthand the skills their students will need to become employees at the plant.  Pictured above are Jordan West and Adam Megel who spent at least one full day at each facility.  Each teacher then had to prepare lessons plans about his/her experiences for use in class next year.

June, 2015 - Walker Career Center

The Architecture Construction and Engineering Student Presentations and Awards were held at the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel.  Six schools, including Walker Career Center, competed in the design challenge for a new Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) fire station.

26 students from the Walker Career Center divided into three groups (based on their primary interest - architecture, construction or engineering) to design and engineer the fire station.  They were assisted all during the school year by mentors and sponsors, such as Ball State, electrical companies and firemen.  Four students were selected for monetary awards:  Truman Hardiman, Andrew Gable, Samantha Greiner and Atlanta Phelps.  They are included in the photo above, along with their teacher, Mr. Tarplee.

May, 2015 - Southeastern Career Center

The Engineering Academy team from Southeastern Career Center took 2nd place and received the Legacy Award (most Rube-like Machine) at the National Division II Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.  The contest rewarded machines that most effectively combined creativity with inefficiency and complexity to complete the given task.  The 2015 challenge for both high school and college teams was "Erase a Chalkboard".  The team's sponsors were Ripley County EcO15, Batesville Tool & Die, Duke Energy, River Valley Financial Bank, Franklin County Community Foundation, Friendship State Bank, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana and Ripley County Community Foundation.  Congratulations Team!

April, 2015 - Wildcat Creek Career Cooperative

The Benton Central Engineering Design and Development students entered in the Phoenix Contact Nanoline Automation Competition and won 1st place in the national finals.  In addition to the national title, the Benton Central team won the Excellence in Teamwork award.  As national champions, the team has won an all-expense paid trip to the VEX Robotics World Championship, where they will work with elite robotics teams from around the world.

Their winning entry was Fully Automated Nanoline T-Shirt Canon, FAN-TC (pronounced fantasy) that can sense what section of a crowd is loudest using microphones embedded in the stands.  It takes this information and transmits it over cellular text messaging to a Nanoline controller on the cannon.  The cannon then roams to the loudest section and fires t-shirts to the happy crowd!  For safety, it incorporates an ultra-sonic sensor to ensure no person or object is in the line of fire.  An LED light show was included for the machine to indicate to spectators that a t-shirt is coming their way! WOW!  The team thanks Useful ProductsLLC of Goodland, IN for their financial backing.

March, 2015 - Heartland Career Center

Shelby Coffelt started high school not knowing how she'd pay for college to become an engineer.   She's now a junior and almost halfway to earning an associate's degree in industrial technology from Ivy Tech Community College.  Shelby is one of 20 students (she's the only girl) in the Integrated Technology Education Program at the Heartland Career Center at Southwood High School.  The Kokomo campus of Ivy Tech received $3.7 million in federal money to expand its career training programs for students to earn a free, two-year degree while still in high school.  Ahead for Shelby is a work-share opportunity with a major manufacturer that could lead to more money to help pay for that engineering degree.