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Good News About CTE

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.

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.