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Good News About CTE

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.

March, 2014 - Wawasee Area Career and Technical Cooperative

At District 13, Wawasee Area Career & Technical Cooperative, a new class is being offered - Recreation and Mobile Power Equipment - that focuses on all aspects of the Marine Industry.  Students learn about the inner workings of boats, wave runners, outboard motors, ATV's, dirt bikes and even snowmobiles - perfect for this winter!

February, 2014 - Porter County Career and Technical Center

The 1912 Grand Trunk depot in Valparaiso is going to be saved!  When word came out that the depot was slater for demolition, the community asked the railroad to stop and consider another use.  Porter County Career and Technical Center will have it moved to their location, and CTE students will restore it.  The work will be done over a number of years to involve more students, teachers and community members.  Moving the building will be costly, but Indiana Landmarks, NIPSCO, the railroad and even US Representative Pete Visciosky have pledged support.

Special News - Richmond Area Career Center

Denise Selm has been a Business and Technology Teacher at Richmond High School for the past 12 years.  She is an adjunct faculty member and certified dual credit instructor for Ivy Tech Community College richmond.  Denise finished in the top two for Teacher of the Year for the state of Indiana!

She is advisor to Business Professionals of America and participates in a variety of programs in the community to promote the importance of Career and Technical Education.  She has also received the Richmond Community Schools Teacher of the Year in 2013.  Congratulations Denise!

January, 2014 - Hoosier Hills

Three years ago, students in the Automotive Technology class were introduced to a Land Space Races team who compete at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.  The students were asked to do some engine work on the 1932 Ford, and it set a new record.  Now the students continue to work on card for the Land Space Races, but also have begun designing and building a race bike for the East Coast Timing Association in Ohio.  Students in the Drafting class completed blueprints of the bike; students in Welding and Machining assisted with the framework; students in Auto Body did the paint and body work; and the project was finished with the performance engine work.   They have competed in several races this semester, and plan to compete again in May.

December, 2013 - Walker Career Center

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students from the Walker Career Center were selected according to class performance to attend the Cummins Engine Lego Build.  This event took place on Thursday, October 31 at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference at the Indianapolis Convention Center.  Students were given plans to build modules of the QSK95 Lego model.  They had the opportunity to sit and engage with engineers from Cummins who explained the function and installation of each of the engine modules the students were building.