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Good News About CTE

August, 2016 - Pike Central, Patoka Valley Vocational Cooperative

Pike Central Vocational Welding students through the Patoka Valley Vocational Cooperative swept the top three places at the SkillsUSA contest held in Indianapolis.  The students used GTAW, GMAW, and SMAW welding processes and foxy-acetylene cutting to contract a project from blueprints.  Also included in the competition  was a 100 question written test.

July, 2016 - Prosser Career Education Center

Prosper developed and  implemented a College and Career Readiness program for area counselors.  Over 40 people participated in 7 full days of training over the course of two school years.  With the assistance of Fleck Education, the training included CCR research, model programs, employment data and occupational skill levels.  An exciting element of the training was business tours and presentations by over 20 leading employers.  At the completion of the program, counselors were given the opportunity to test for a new Department of Education College and Career Ready certification.

June, 2016 - Indian Trails Career Cooperative

Indian Trails Career Cooperative recently held the Award program for Teacher of the Year, Counselor of the Year, and especially recognize Outstanding Business Partners.  Businesses receiving awards were Stephan's IGA, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Davis Farms and Landscape Design, Aire Serv, Brook Locker Plant, Rose Acre Farms, National Gypsum, Peterson Ag Service, Solid Rock Farms, WEB Preschool, and Chief Industries.  Mr. Jim Straddling, Director of Indian Trails also recognized the seven different student teams competing at National competitions this summer.  He said, ""Our teachers have done an awesome job of preparing our students for their future careers.  These competitions just verify that our students have the skills and critical thinking needed to be successful."

May, 2016 - Whitewater Career Center

The Precision Machine Technology program at Whitewater Career Center received another $1000 donation last week from Nixon Tool  in Richmond.  Nixon has provided thousands in tooling, steel, and monetary donations over the past several years, and they also provide work-based learning opportunities for WCC students.  When asked to describe why the students are so successful at Nixon, a spokesperson explained, "They are highly advanced in their skills and ready to face the challenges of employment.  The Career Center is willing to listen to employers and understands what students need to be successful."

April, 2016 - Indian Trails Career Cooperative

South Newton Information Technology students enjoyed success at the state cyber security competition!  This was only their second year but they knocked out state champs, Park Tudor.  The team qualified for the Midwest Regional (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) and placed first in Indiana and third in the regional.

The IT students compete for a continuous six hours during each round.  They secure various vulnerabilities on operating systems, as well as take network tests provided by Cisco.

March, 2016 - Porter County Career and Tech Center

Mrs. Wilson's Health Science class got to hear from an alumnus who is now making a difference around the world.  Pictured with members of the class is Dr. Sophia Guardiola NP, visiting and presenting about her travels all over the United States.  She has worked several missions and received her first certification from Porter County.  She also earned her ARN, BSN and Doctorate from Cambridge and will next work in Arizona in Neurosurgery.