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Good News About CTE

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.

February, 2015 - Terre Haute North Vigo High School

On January 27, 2015, Governor Pence and other local dignitaries toured some of the Career and Technical Education Programs at Terre Haute North Vigo High School and helped welcome the newest industry partner of the Vigo County School Corporation - Yaskawa Motoman Robotics.  Over 60 community partners viewed the details of the new Robotics pathway, which will begin  in the 2015-16 school year.  A key component of the NEAT (New and Emerging Automation Technology) partnership will be the specialized industry certifications that students may receive.  Above Governor Pence joins the students and sports a t-shirt proclaiming the partnership.

January, 2015 - Southern Indiana CT Center

The Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center in Evansville hosted their 3rd annual Career and College Fair in November, 2014.  The event was a collaboration with many of the post-secondary and industry partners that are part of our advisory teams and internship/clinical locations.  There were over 50 partners showcasing their opportunities at the fair.  It was a great opportunity for the students and staff to network and learn about the skills and job requirements in the area.  A major goal of the SICTC is to assist all students in discovering their pathways to college and career success.

December, 2014 - Walker Career Center

Students enrolled in the Walker Career Center Early Childhood Education program presented animated puppet shows to preschoolers.  Using dramatic play, the ECC students created original scripts that included multiple characters who led the preschool scholars through adventures and wonderlands.  This specific form of play expands upon young children's communication, social, emotional, cognitive and language skills.  All the ECC students spend the year creating lesson plans and putting them into action at the Warren Early Childhood Center.

November, 2014 - Area 31 Career Center

Students in the Building Trades Program at Area 31 Career Center at Ben Davis High School are hard at work on a new classroom building for the Emergency Services Education Center (ESEC) on High School Road.  The classroom project for ESEC will be completed over the course of two school years.  It will be used to train the fire fighters in Wayne Township, along with the students in the Area 31 Fire and Rescue Program.  The 2,600 square foot building will contain two large classrooms, a smaller training area, and two bath and shower rooms. More than 13,000 bricks will be laid as part of the project.

By utilizing the building trade program's 40 students in the construction of the classroom building, MSD Wayne Township will cut the cost of the project roughly in half.  For more information on the building trades program at Area 31, call (317) 988-7230, or visit their web site www.wayne.k12.in.us/