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Good News About CTE

September, 2014 - Walker Career Center

The Walker Career Center is proud to announce that the Finance Academy has received $1000 in books donated by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a local public accounting firm.  The donation will allow Academy students the chance to continue reading books that are used in the curriculum without the added book rental fees.  Mrs. Jenna Burns, instructor, stated that the donation will also add several great titles to the Finance Academy Senior library.

August, 2014 - Elkhart Area Career Center

Students at Elkhart Area Career Center recently completed a collaboration event centered around responding to a medical emergency - an active shooter!  It consisted of three phases:  first, the students answered questions; second, the students stepped into their career pathway roles and managed the scene; and third, the students completed specific career objectives in their responses.  Six industry partners took part, including the EMS Medical Director and the local EMA Deputy Director.

July, 2014 - Area 30 Career Center

On July 3, Governor Pence announced grant awards of over $3 million for new innovative Career and Technical Education curricula.  The grants were designed to encourage innovation and collaborative CTE opportunities for Hoosier students and adults in the eleven Regional Works Councils districts around the state.  Eighteen grants were selected in this first round of awards, including Area 30's proposal to introduce WIRED curriculum in the region.  Lora Busch, Director of Area 30, and some of their students are pictured above with Governor Pence.

June, 2014 - C4 Columbus Area Career Connection

This is the fourth year for C4 to offer the Medical Interpreter program in conjunction with Health Sciences and EIAHEC Bridging the Gap.  Students must be bi-lingual and enrolled in a medical class.  Students participated in an intensive 6 days, from 8 - 3 each day, and received certification at the culmination of the program.  Medical interpreters are used in doctor's offices, area health services providers and hospitals.  The graduates are shown above.

May, 2014 - McCutcheon High School, District 19

Caterpillar has been partnering with McCutcheon High School for several years with engineering students.  Teacher Gary Werner says about a dozen students participate each semester, and that the class includes engineering principles, robotics, digital electronics, problem solving and critical thinking.  The students spend part of their day solving engineering problems for Caterpillar - the most recent student contribution was design blueprints for the new cover of their turbo engine.  The students may also partner with Purdue's Global Engineering program, and have traveled to Africa to help with several improvement projects, including designing and building a hand water pump to allow villagers to get clean water.

April, 2014 - Kokomo Area Career Center

Taylor Parrish, a senior at Kokomo Area Career Center, is following in her cousin's footsteps to become a Dental Hygienist.  She works in Dr. Prather's Dental office and is learning all aspects of the family dental practice.  Her plans for next year are set - she plans to attend IU South Bend and feels that her experiences at Kokomo and on the job have increased her confidence and prepared her for the college level work.  Her supervisor praises Taylor's teamwork and willingness to learn any task.