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Good News About CTE

November, 2015 - Walker Career Center

Randy Decker, a teacher at Walker Career Center, received one of the Mayor's Community Service Awards at a recognition ceremony at the Indiana Historical Society on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  The Mayor's Awards are given to Marion County residents who have done the most for our community.  Mr. Decker teaches electronics, computer networking and digital electronics and is the head sponsor for Warren Robotics.  Cindy Frey, Director of Walker Career Center notes, "Mr. Decker is a person who gives his all and goes above and beyond to provide meaningful learning opportunities for his students.  He volunteers countless hours with robotics helping others all over the city.  He is one of a kind!"

October, 2015 - New Castle Career Center

Hannah Roan, a student at the New Castle Career Center, recently won a logo contest sponsored by IACTED!  She was assisted in class by her instructor, Kyle Pryor, in designing the creative logo that will be used in statewide marketing efforts to increase interest in Career and Technical courses and pathways for high school students.  Her design is aligned with the tag line, I am CTE, and utilizes the colors found in the national CTE logo.  The Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development are also partners in this endeavor.

September, 2015 - Central Nine

Information technology is an increasingly valuable field in today's economy, and an innovative program from Central Nine Career Center and Vincennes University seeks to address the need.  Central Nine created the program which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn an associate degree in information technology from Vincennes.  Students take the classes in addition to courses they need to graduate from high school.  They learn at a faster pace and go more in depth in computer programming, website design and game design.  The Associate degree from Vincennes will allow the students to find employment in such fields as IT specialist, program analyst, or software engineer.

August, 2015 - Fort Wayne Career Academy at Anthis

FWCS Career Academy at Anthis is celebrating the success of their students at the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY.  Six students and three teachers traveled to Louisville for the week-long event, and 3 students earned medals in their skill areas.

Tyler Hack is a 2015 graduate of R. Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne, and was awarded the silver medal in the Bricklaying competition.  He has been employed for two years with the FWCS Concrete Restoration crew and was accepted into the Bricklayers Union after completing an 8-week training program in just over 2 weeks!

Also receiving medals were Alex Guldbeck, a 2015 graduate from South Side High School, in graphic design (a pin design) and Trevor Gilpin, a 2015 graduate of Homestead High School, in carpentry.  Alex had the honor of carrying the Indiana flag in the opening ceremony.  Congratulations to all three students and their teachers!

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.