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Good News About CTE

February, 2013 - New Castle

Students in Pre-Engineering at New Castle Area Career Programs are designing and building two autonomous robots, two race cars, an urban concept vehicle, fully customized electric guitars, and architecture projects.  On November 1, Duke Energy Foundation presented the students with a check for nearly $6000 to fund the urban concept vehicle.  New Castle Area Career Programs will host the race car competitions in May at the New Castle Motorsports Park.  In April, the urban concept team will take their vehicle to Houston for the Shell Eco-Challenge.

January, 2013 - Porter County

When the sun comes up at Porter County Career and Tech Center, the student project in alternative energy starts generating electricity using the rooftop solar array.  The efforts were a partnership with CTE Modern Machining and Electronics, local economic development and private donors.  The students built the solar array, will maintain it, and it enhances another solar array and wind generator.  Porter County Career and Tech Center has an agreement with the utility company to purchase this power back at a reduced rate.

 

December, 2012 - Southern Wells

Students in Doug Hunt's manufacturing class learn about math and science while making fret boards for their guitars.  When finished, all fret boards are shipped to Sinclair College, where they are assembled.  Over 1000 kits have been completed this year.  Above, teacher Doug Hunt checks the sanding job by Senior Steven Perry.  "I would like my guitar to look like a 'Strat" when I'm finished", said Perry.

November, 2012 - C4 Columbus Area Career Connection

 

Recently fifth and sixth grade students from the Columbus area had the opportunity to attend C4 Technology Fall Break Camp.  Participants chose either a morning or afternoon sessions which included activities in Digital Design and Printing (above), Medical Criminal Investigation, and Engineering/Robotics.  The cost of the camp was $45 with scholarships available.  The camp was made possible by support from the Robert N. Brown Fund.

Students learned different design programs through activities of designing cereal box covers and window clings. They also used plastic bones and determined the age and sex of the individual using precision measurement and analytical data.  Teachers were assisted by high school students who served as mentors.

October, 2012 Area 18

 

Brandon Burnworth, a 2012 Huntington North graduate, finished first in a field of 41 contestants at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Precision Machining.  He was the sole first place winner from the State of Indiana.  This year's national competition included Machining, CNC Programming, Blueprint Reading and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing - all technical skills, but also included a job interview, measurements testing and other related technical math skills.  According to his teacher, Mick Jarrett, Brandon practiced four days a week in preparation for the event.  He is currently enrolled in a two-year Precision Manufacturing program at Vincennes University.

April, 2012 New Castle News

 

Broadcasting students from New Castle Area Career Programs earned the distinction of "Co-School of the Year" by the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters for 2012.  Eight students competed in six competitions at the state finals on March 12, held at the University of Indianapolis.  Lyndsea Burke, Union High School, placed 1st in Radio Air Personality, 1st in Radio Newscast, and 1st in Radio Sportscast.  The Broadcasting program is taught by Mike York and located in studios at Knightstown Community High School.