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Education & training
Chamber Magazine Spring 2014
Schools prepare students for career & college
HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS THAT EXCEL Dual credit means college credit
New Castle Career Center programs educate and train students
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ou are reading an award-winning publication and we at the Chamber are very proud of that fact. Chamber Magazine started in the fall of 2011 because we wanted to tell the story of chamber members. We wanted to have something to show off when suitors came calling. We wanted something to hand out when new employers wanted to recruit new employees to the area. Honestly, we wanted to brag a little about all of you. Today, we’re bragging a little about us. Chamber Magazine was recognized recently by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA) 2014 Excellence in Communications Awards. Because of our magazine, the New CastleHenry County Chamber of Commerce ranked in the top 10 chambers of commerce in the state for communications efforts. And we were the smallest chamber recognized for this achievement. The Indiana Chamber Executives Association is the statewide association focusing on professional development of staff members leading local chambers of commerce in Indiana. Founded in 1915, the ICEA membership is comprised of more than 275 professional staff members
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Missy Modesitt representing nearly 90 local chambers of commerce around the state. This issue of Chamber Magazine explores education resources in our community. Some of the most often asked questions in the chamber office focus on education. Newcomers want to know what our public schools offer and whether retraining or post-secondary education is available here. This issue is designed to answer those questions and to have an extended shelf life, be a resource to existing chamber members, to new businesses to our community, and be a recruiting tool for those who are considering relocating here. You’ll read about dual credits offered at our public high schools and how students are getting a head start at college because of those courses. You’ll read about success stories like Marie Baker, a radiology
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technician at an Indianapolis orthopedic office, who was trained in the health occupations program at the New Castle Career Center. Enrollment at the career center has been on a steep trajectory since 2009. Graduation rates exceed 94 percent. You’ll read how these kinds of programs translate into a higher quality of life for our community. Need a haircut? Cosmetology students offer haircuts to the community for as low as $5. Appointments are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Do you have a computer that is running slow? Students in computer labs may be able to fix it. Have a pet that needs grooming? The student veterinary science group does pet grooming as a public service. Strong schools and good choices of educational alternatives are the backbone of any community and we’re no different. With this special report, this focus on education, we shine a light once again on our community assets and why there is plenty to brag about. ■ Missy Modesitt is Executive Director of the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at: 765-529-5210 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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SWEET 17: NEW CASTLE CAREER CENTER
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he New Castle-Henry County Chamber of BOARD Commerce is expecting a PRESIDENT big year with big results in 2014. First, we’ll be supporting the creation of an Indiana Kevin Main Street project to add to Brown the revitalization efforts already under way downtown. As you may know Indiana Main Street (IMS) was established to provide economic revitalization assistance to participating communities. Traditionally, downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns are the hub of government, commerce, justice and social interaction and the downtown business district portrays a city’s overall image. In 2012 alone, there was a combined private and public dollar investment of $55 million in communities across the state. We’re looking into grants that will be needed for that project and your chamber is leading the charge. But we won’t be starting from scratch. Already, some downtown buildings have been purchased and you’ll see activity downtown this summer as the renovation and reoccupation of the Jennings Building at 14th and Broad streets begins. After a hugely successful Memorial Day Festival last year, look for a repeat performance. This is our newest event and it’s yet another opportunity for chamber businesses to be represented in a very public and populated way. Be sure to be on the lookout for more information on this and we hope you’ll choose to participate. In May, expect to hear more about a chamber membership blitz. As chamber members yourselves, you already understand and embrace the value of chamber membership. This spring, we’ll be targeting new members or former members to tell our story. This is my second term as board president and I am often asked why I am doing this again. The truth is, I believe that the business relationships I’ve made since my business – Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service opened in 1995 – have largely been driven by activity in the chamber. The chamber is about building relationships. In the long run, your ability to forge lasting relationships will make or break your business, especially in a smaller community. There’s no better place or quicker way than chamber events to build those relationships. If you know of a business that isn’t a chamber business, let us know. If you’re thinking about how you can give your own business greater exposure, consider participating in the Memorial Day Festival or attend our monthly luncheons or Cash Bonanza, held each fall. Where else could you win $10,000? And the relationships you’ll make are priceless. ■
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EDC ccess to top talent and the ability to assure a future DIRECTOR pipeline of talent is critical to the success of a region. Companies want access to highly trained, Corey motivated people. Residents want Murphy quality education and training opportunities. Area Development magazine’s 2012 Site Selection Consultant and Corporate Executive survey ranked the “availability of skilled labor” as the third-most important factor in a company’s investment decision. This applies to both expansion of existing locations and new locations. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently released a report card on its Indiana Vision 2025. The stated mission is: “Indiana will be a global leader in innovation and economic opportunity where enterprises and citizens prosper.” The chamber identifies “outstanding talent” as a key driver to achieve this. One of the goals under this driver is to develop, implement and fully fund a comprehensive plan for addressing the skills shortages of adult and incumbent workers who lack minimum basic skills. There are regional training programs worth exploring for implementation here in Henry County. Neighboring counties have developed customized training programs focused on the needs of their respective employers. The program provides 150 hours of training in areas like safety, quality practices and measurements, process and production, maintenance awareness, and green production. Students who successfully complete the training are guaranteed an interview at a local partnering company. The only cost to the student is time and commitment. A pool of local resources including the county economic development income tax covers the training. A national tool worthy of consideration is WorkKeys. This program has limited usage among Henry County employers. According to WorkKeys creator, ACT, it is “a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce.” Information on WorkKeys is available online at act.org or at the local WorkOne office. Local resources such as Ivy Tech, New Castle Career Center, WorkOne and the Danielson Center provide a solid foundation on which to enhance Henry County’s talent pipeline. ■ Corey Murphy is Director of the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp. Contact him at: 765-521-7102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Top left: Christina Steigerwalt. Middle: Culinary arts students. Far right: WKPW radio studio.
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New Castle Career Center prepares students for their own field of dreams
They seem to be
everywhere. In front of a kitchen oven or
behind a microphone in the radio booth.
Twisting wrenches on cars they assembled themselves or pounding nails with hammers in hand, working on a house built from the ground up. In front of a class of preschoolers teaching, or behind a barber chair
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These are the opportunities greeting students who are part of New Castle Career Programs, a hands-on learning experience that goes beyond the textbook and the traditional classroom. Centrally located
Nearly 500 students from eight Henry County-area high schools feed into the program. Eastern Hancock, Hagerstown and Union join the five Henry County schools at the center, which offers 17 career programs. Juniors and seniors attend their home school for half a day, then spend the other half at the vocational school - learning broadcasting, baking or welding, designing, grooming or teaching. They may even be learning the trades like building – a house, while building a resume and a future, all at the same time. Soni Jones, the center’s student services coordinator who is a daughter of local basketball icon Marion Pierce, says the program scores almost as many points with local business and prospective employers as her Lewisville-legend father. In a time when school consolidation is once again an issue for some across the state because of funding shortages, Jones said Henry County-area students have the best of both worlds. “It really takes the cooperation of eight school corporations coming together to offer these opportunities because they are expensive,” Jones said. “It takes a lot of equipment and specialized instruction. The neat thing is these kids can attend a school like this and still maintain their small-school ties.” It took some hard work and creative thinking to get many of the programs moved from their former site at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home near Knightstown to New Castle. When the home closed in 2008, administrators made arrangements to bring the programs here. “Moving those programs here was a big, big accomplishment,” New Castle Community School Corp. Supt. Steve Fisher said. “We felt like it was best for the kids. Now every program is centrally located with the exception of radio broadcasting in Knightstown. Our enrollment is up and the programs are well-received.” “Word gets out,” said Bob Hobbs, New Castle Career Center director. “Students come here and prepare for careers. They come back and talk to younger students about how positive it was for their career preparation pathway. It just snowballs.”
17 programs. One Goal. Your Career.
This center is a hands-on and youth-driven experience. “17 programs. One Goal. Your Career” is a slogan created by students, said student Haley Halstead. “I can be myself and express myself through my designs,” Halstead said. In addition to designing the center’s own brochures, students have worked on projects for Ball State University athletics and New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp. They also had great input in changing the name from New Castle Area Career Programs to the simpler New Castle Career Center. Jones said the “area” part of the name was added as sort of a political-correctness word as to not offend those outside of New Castle. “But the students didn’t see the same kind of territorial 12 | CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Spring 2014
Bob Hobbs is the director of the New Castle Career Center, which offers 17 programs to students.
issues that some of the adults did,” Jones said, “so we rebranded ourselves as the New Castle Career Center.”
Wide spectrum of career choices
Besides graphic design, areas of study include broadcasting, cosmetology, culinary arts, dental careers, health science, veterinary science, computer operations, engineering education, cooperative marketing, building trades, facility maintenance, machine trades and welding and emergency management training.
In late February, New Castle residents were treated to four new restaurants, courtesy the culinary arts students at New Castle Career Center. Students in this program teamed with others in graphics design to name their restaurants, create logos and slogans, plan a menu and prepare food for more than 100 guests. The “Taste of Tuscany” served shrimp bruschetta. “Stadium” countered with a stuffed burger and buffalo chicken dip. Not to be out-done, Kingston Tropical Restaurant tempted tasters with its mango jerk chicken. Two Boots Diner offered a country-style potpie and a beet salad. “These kids are amazing,” Jones said. “We’ve been told this is the largest kitchen in Henry County.” Sampling was easy. Voting was hard. The opportunity for the culinary arts program to display its wares was delicious. “This is a bit unusual but about every day we have something spectacular going on,” said Hobbs. “It’s neat to see this many people in the community come in and enjoy our program.”
Cory Isenbarger, a talented baseball player who will take the field for Indiana State next year, feels like he’s hit an academic home run. Isenbarger is part of a building trades team that has constructed a house on Spiceland Pike in New Castle. “We’ve done all kinds of hands-on work – electrical, framing and dry wall,” Isenbarger said. “We’ve also done vent work, insulation, framing and painting.” Isenbarger plans to major in construction management at Indiana State and said he is grateful for the jump-start New Castle Career Center has given him.
One of central Indiana’s most-honored radio stations is run by students. WKPW, 90.7 on the FM dial, is the brainchild of Mike York, a veteran Indianapolis radio personality who has worked at such well-known stations like WIBC, WNAP and WENS. York left the profession in 1999. “I just got tired of driving,” he said. “So I proposed the program to New Castle and they bought into it. The students and I actually built the studio. When it closed in 2009, we built another one here at the new Knightstown High School.” Today, that studio is the envy of many – both in terms of how state-of-the-art it is and the amazing things happening within it. “We’ve had people from all over the state and even out of state come visit,” York said. “They’ve told us this has to be one of the nicest radio station facilities in Indiana.” In its 23-year history, WKPW has won 27 state championships in high school radio competition and two “school of the year” awards. Any junior or senior in Henry County or the three border schools can apply to work at the station, although space is limited and auditions are required. Past students at WKPW have gone on to exciting careers. One alumnus is co-host of a morning show in Columbia, Mo., which is No. 1 in its market. Another is a sound engineer who has toured with rock bands. “At one time, I had a student working part-time at every station in Indy,” York said. When radio broadcasting tournament time rolls around, students at Carmel, Ben Davis, Warren Central and Franklin Central are usually wary of Knightstown. “They don’t like the idea of the little school winning,” York said.
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The career center puts some “teeth” in training with this program, which teaches students general dentistry and trains them as “expanded-functions dental assistants.” Students learn how to take x-rays of teeth, become certified in CPR and infection control and trained on the latest dentistry tools. “We are a two-year curriculum program teaching students general dentistry to help them become expanded-functions dental assistants with experience in radiology and the most high-tech equipment available,” said Christina Steigerwalt, a 2003 New Castle alumnus who heads the dentistry program. The program teaches students chair-side dental procedures and office responsibilities. It also gives students an opportunity to participate in clinical rotations at local dental offices. “We practice on each other,” Steigerwalt explained. “We role
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play, as in seating the patient, setting up for the procedure, and taking dental impressions.” Students also have hands-on experience with air and water syringes along with suction tools common in today’s dental practices. By the time they are finished, students will not only have “expanded function” dental assistant certification but a provisional radiology license as well. “They are extremely employable after their graduation,” said Steigerwalt.
Kelly Neal was a New Castle Career Center student back when he attended Shenandoah High School. Today, Neal is an instructor with the program, creating future engineers in a variety of ways. “We try to get students a wide variety of engineering experiences,” Neal said. “You will see students working on architecture programs, electric guitars, race cars, robotics. Basically, if there’s anything mechanical about it, we probably do it.” Neal has put together a state-bound New Castle robotics teams. His students also have built four different vehicles – two racecars, an off-road buggy and an efficiency model that runs on electricity. Students found a way to go 30 miles on 7 cents of electricity last year in a competition in Houston, Texas. “This year, we hope to get closer to 60 miles,” Neal said. Neal believes among the program’s attributes are one that other New Castle Career Center programs share. “We’ve had students who really thought they wanted to do one thing and then, all of a sudden, find something else and take off in a different direction,” Neal said.
Reaching out to the community
New Castle Career Programs reaches out to the community in many ways: Need a haircut? Rosemary Tapp’s cosmetology students offer haircuts for as low as $5. Appointments are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by calling 593-6680. Got a computer that’s running slow? Students in Chris Lamb’s computer labs may be able to fix it. “We do that for people who can’t afford to take it elsewhere,” Lamb said.
The New Castle Career Center offers students a wide range of engineering experiences.
Have a pet that needs grooming? Melody Warner’s veterinary science group does pet grooming as a public service. Their “wet dog Wednesdays” have also included cats, bunnies, snakes, tarantulas and even an iguana. Soni Jones smiles when describing the New Castle Career Center scene during football season. “Fridays in the fall, the kids will wear their school jerseys during football season, especially if they play each other,” she said. “But they make so many friends here. It is a community experience and it really broadens our kids to life beyond their own little high school.” ■
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New Castle Career Center offers these 17 programs for Henry County students
Write/produce news, shows, commercials; recording studio engineering; operate radio station WKPW 90.7 FM; dual credit and certification
Skin, scalp, nail care; salon experience; 1,500-hour state apprenticeship; become licensed cosmetologist; dual credit
NEW CASTLE CAREER CENTER SUCCESS SNAPSHOT Almost 500 students from eight Henry County-area high schools feed into the New Castle Career Center program. Participating high schools include Blue River, Eastern Hancock, Hagerstown, Knightstown, New Castle, Shenandoah, Tri, and Union.
Professional food preperation, menu planning, food cost; catering; work in commercial kitchen; dual credit, ServSafe certification
Learn design principles; implement conceptual designs; client interaction; learn design software; dual credit/Adobe certification
Anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, medical ethics; chair-side procedures/office responsibilities; clinical rotations at local dental offices; complete classwork to earn Expanded Function certification; earn Provisional Radiology License
EMT and Public Safety
Complete training to become EMT; exposure to law enforcement, firefighting, community corrections; rotations across various fields of public safety; learn to handle victims of hazardous materials accidents; dual credit and EMT certification
Health Science Education
Anatomy, physiology, medical; terminology, medical ethics; clinical rotations in local health care facilities; gain experience in nursing, pharmacy, lab, imaging, physical therapy and more; dual credit and health care certifications
Animal anatomy, physiology, medical terminology; large and small animal disease and infection control; job shadows and internships in local animal clinics; experience in animal handling and grooming; dual credit and industry certifications
Computer troubleshooting and maintenance; hardware and software applications; network administration and design; program and document equipment specifications; dual credit and industry certification
Engineering software used in industry and college; problem-solving; design and build projects: robotics, motor sports, architecture; student competitions; dual credit and industry certification
Teaching styles and practices; plan, write and teach lessons; teacher internships in local elementary schools and preschools; operate Shining Stars preschool; dual credit and related certification
Cooperative education Marketing sports and entertainment Building trades
Machine trades Welding
Cleaning supplies, equipment; daily care of building and grounds; work in different facilities in the community; Apply safe work principles and practices On-the-job training; gain experience related to a career interest; complete education and career plans; learn about money and time management; dual credit Basics of promotion, distribution, financing, pricing and management; study consumer behavior; work with clients on marketing campaigns; collaborate with other career programs; dual credit in business and marketing Basic framing, rough carpentry, siding, roofing, wiring, drywall, flooring and finish carpentry; introductions to concrete, HVAC and plumbing; apply skills while building the annual project house; explore apprenticeship opportunities; dual credit and OSHA certification Lathes, mills, drill presses, surface grinders; measure and machine metal to 0.001"; read blueprints for projects; learn CNC language and programming; dual credit and industry certification Learn how to weld SMAW, MIG, TIG and FCAW; read blueprints and understand metallurgy; weld flat, vertical, horizontal and overhead; learn plasma and oxy-fuel cutting; dual credit and AWS certification
96% Placement rate: 94% Postsecondary enrollment: 70% Technical skill attainment: 97% Industry certification: 46% Graduation rate:
Seven out of 10 students at the New Castle Career Center earn dual college credits. Here are the Centerâ€™s 2012-13 successes in the area of dual college credits:
Nine out of 10 students at the New Castle Career Center go on to be placed in postsecondary, employment or the military. Here are the centerâ€™s 2011-12 success rates:
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students earning dual credits dual credit classes total dual credits awarded value of tuition at ivy tech
EARLY CREDITS Every student at the New Castle Career Center earns college credits. Here is a summary of total credits earned and their value:
students earning COLLEGE credits COLLEGE credit classes
total COLLEGE CREDTS awarded
AVERAGE CREDITS EARNED
value of tuition at ivy tech
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Henry County graduates move from students to success stories New Castle Career Center alums cashing in on experiences
arie Baker says becoming a part of the New Castle Career Center her senior year was one of the best decisions she ever made. Today, Baker’s employer and scores of others might say the same thing about hiring New Castle Career Center alum. Success stories from graduates of the program range from Baker’s work at an orthopedic office in Indianapolis as a radiology technician to Cara Denis co-hosting a morning radio show in Columbia, Mo., that’s No. 1 in its time slot. The impact of the center also can be felt right here in East Central Indiana, as Kyle Thomas works as a paramedic in Delaware County. It comes full circle when you consider that alum Lainey Millikan is now one of the teachers at the center. For Baker, the health occupations part of the New Castle
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Career Center made what was a fuzzy career path suddenly crystal clear. “It got me started in the medical field,” Baker said. “It has helped me with patient care and getting my foot in the door.” The hands-on, reality-check nature of experiences offered by the center put everything in perspective. The health occupations “I learned time program taught Baker how management to do one thing so she could earn money to help her do skills and lots something else. of medical “I always knew I wanted terminology at to do something in the medical field,” she said. “I the center. It decided to train as a certified prepared me nursing well for what assistant so I could get a job that would help pay I’m doing now.” for schooling to become a - Marie Baker radiologist.” Today, that dream has been realized as Baker works as a radiologist technician at an Indianapolis orthopedic office. She said lessons learned at the career center come into practice every day. “I learned time management skills and lots of medical terminology at the center,” Baker said. “It prepared me well for what I’m doing now.”
That has been particularly true with patient care, an aspect of the medical field Baker got to focus on in the health occupations classes at the center. “It’s a lot easier because of learning patient care skills in high school,” Baker said. “By starting then, you have that embedded in your brain. My first priority now is patient care.” With the head start the career center gave her, Baker was accepted in the Ivy Tech radiology program at Reid Hospital in Richmond. Now, Baker is just one of hundreds who have written their own success stories following graduation from the career center. “It was a very good decision,” Baker said of becoming a student at the New Castle Career Center. “I would recommend it to anyone who is even thinking about the medical field at all.” Students in Mike York’s radio broadcasting program at Knightstown would no doubt agree. Especially Cara Denis. Denis is now co-host of the top-rated Columbia, Mo. radio show “Scotty and Cara in the Morning” on Clear 99. The show, which has been on the air less than two years, has enjoyed a rapid rise. In 2013, listener support helped Denis and her cohost received a nomination for the Academy of Country Music “On-Air Personality of the Year.” Before taking the Columbia job, Denis was heard locally on the WMDH morning show. She later was the morning show producer for Indy’s Hank FM. Denis is just part of an impressive alumni success rate for York the center’s student-run radio station, WKPW, 97.1 FM. ■
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NEW CASTLE CAREER CENTER SUCCESS ENROLLMENT SNAPSHOT During the 2012-13 school year, 49 Academic Honors diplomas and 43 technical honors diplomas were awarded to students at the New Castle Career Center. Below are three snapshots of student enrollment at the center, located at 801 Parkview Drive, New Castle.
EARLY COLLEGE STUDENT CAREERS The majority of early college students at the New Castle Career Center choose health careers as their area of study. EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS BY CAREER PROGRAM Health careers Dental assisting Education careers Veterinary science ICE Co-op
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total center enrollment Enrollment at the New Castle Career Center has increased from 307 in 2009 to 485 in 2012. 2012-13 TOTAL ENROLLMENT NUMBERS 485
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Following health careers, welding technology and cosmetology are the most chosen careers of students at the center. 2012-13 enrollment by career program Health careers Welding technology Cosmetology Facility maintenance Building trades Pre-engineering Veterinary science Computer operations Dental assisting Education careers ICE Co-op Graphic design Culinary arts Broadcasting Marketing Machine trades
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New schools of thought in familiar small-town settings Small town values. Big time dreams. Old-fashioned work ethics. High-tech experiences. Veteran teachers. New opportunities.
Education is paramount in Henry County’s varied and unique schools. Each spring when Henry County graduates turn their tassels at commencement time, they are opening doors to a world of opportunity, because they’ve had the best of both worlds – hands-on, individualized learning in a caring, state-of-the-art environment. In this issue, the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is proud to highlight the high-quality education that is available here. Like the small town values Hoosier rock star John Mellencamp sings about, our schools – Blue River Valley, Knightstown, New Castle, Shenandoah and Tri – each have their own unique personalities and class offerings. Meanwhile, the New Castle Career Center brings all five schools together, pooling resources with those of neighboring Eastern Hancock, Union and Hagerstown to create one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning experiences in 17 varied disciplines. From broadcasting to welding and machine trades; dental care to emergency medical technician training; culinary arts to cosmetology; education never sounded, smelled, tasted or looked so good. In the pages that follow is a closer look at education in Henry County and how it is paving the way for the future – one student at a time. CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Spring 2014 | 19
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Green energy, red-hot FFA teams part of education with values MIDDLETOWN – It’s an ordinary day at Shenandoah Elementary School and students are engaging in the old fashioned, time-honored playground activity of jumping rope. This time, though, they’re doing it not just for fun but also for a cause, raising money for the American Heart Association. Shift the scene to a routine Monday night and Shenandoah FFA students are in an unlikely place for teens – a public government meeting. They are among a packed crowd at the Henry County Courthouse, attending a Henry County Commissioners meeting. They are The school offers there not for student passionate, government extra credit, but to testify comprehensive on the divisive topic of and cutting-edge CAFOs. education. Fast-forward the setting to Christmas and it’s party time for Nathan DeYoung, a Shenandoah FFA senior. His destination was not a friend’s house but Middletown Head Start where he helped deliver gifts to needy kids. “The facial expressions those kids had that day were priceless,” DeYoung said. Such is the state of education at Shenandoah. From the youngest of students to the seniors in a nationally recognized FFA program, the school offers compassionate, comprehensive and cutting-edge education. The newest northern Henry County landmark – a towering wind turbine just north of Shenandoah’s school facilities – serves as a symbol for this corporation. It’s green and growing: in energy, status and state-of-the-art facilities. The wind turbine, constructed in 2013, will drastically reduce Shenandoah’s energy bills while, at the same time, serving as a cool educational tool for
students, as teachers apply real-life lessons to the wind-driven power generator. The school’s FFA program is state and nationally recognized. In 2013, its Ag Issues team, led in part by students who testified locally on the CAFO status, was among the top four in the nation. FFA is well respected here, says Director Melissa Lovett, who waited eight years for the job to open. “I knew this was the only place I wanted to teach,” said Lovett, whose students, active in everything from public meetings to charity events, have proven that FFA is much more than “farming, animals and dirt.” A new weight room was opened in 2013 for students and athletes, named in honor of the late Curtis Parker, a Sulphur Springs fireman and bus driver. A state-of-the-art media center is complete with a television studio where students can experience roles as announcer, producer and sound technicians. The school’s media director is thrilled with the facility. “It’s wonderful,” Colette Huxford said. “Having the windows, the high ceilings and the comfy chairs just invites the kids to curl up with a book and read. All the brightness is just very inviting.” Thanks to work by a data coach – a new concept many schools are utilizing – teachers also are able to track student progress in a state-of-the-art way. Shenandoah Elementary School Principal Brent Kinsey displayed a series of data cards created to ensure that no child falls through the cracks. Perhaps the most appealing part of the Shenandoah education effort is its homegrown nature. It starts with Supt. Ron Green, a Shenandoah alumnus. “There’s great leadership here,” Kinsey said. “I think Mr. Green is an outstanding superintendent. He has so much of his life invested in this school. He will not let it become anything but great.” ■
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Ag teacher Dan Webb
Teacher Steve Dungan
Nikki Luellen’s sign language class
Supt. Wesley Hammond
From sign language to manufacturing and archery, education is on target LEWISVILLE – Visit Tri Elementary School and you might just find several students talking in class at once. But this is no discipline problem. All are using sign language, and high school students are teaching them. It is just one example of several unique educational opportunities offered by one of the state’s smallest, yet most progressive and practical school corporations. “I’m really pleased with the fact that we’re able to offer three languages – French, Spanish and sign language,” said Supt. Wesley Hammond. “Our tech education program is strong. There are a lot of early college experiences for kids.” Tri offers Indeed, students in Nikki Gateway to Luellen’s sign language class Technology can get a credit for a foreign language that will apply toward program for their college work. junior high South Henry is the only students. school in the county to have such an offering, putting the small school alongside the likes of Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern. Why sign language in today’s high-tech world? It’s already become useful for Tri students. “One of our students was at Rural King and a deaf person was there, trying to ask a question,” said Tri Principal Keith Isaacs. “The clerk didn’t understand, so our student stepped forward and she was able to use her sign language skills and find out what was needed.” It’s literally a sign of the times for the South Henry School Corp., and it’s far from the only course that makes Tri stand out from the crowd.
In 2014, Tri was the only Henry County school to offer a “Gateway to Technology” program for junior high students. “You’re exposing kids at a young age to the engineering process,” said Tri teacher Steve Dungan. “It’s a more technical-oriented problem-solving method as opposed to the typical scientific method that’s always been taught.” Yet another new program is in the works. It’s an advanced manufacturing course conducted in partnership with one of Henry County’s largest employers, Draper Shade of Spiceland. Success is literally homegrown here. Ag teacher Dan Webb has students involved in handson agricultural endeavors in the school’s greenhouse. Each Mother’s Day, the students take geraniums they have nurtured and offer them for sale. For Webb, a 38-year veteran, the geraniums are nice, but the school corporation itself is the real gift. “It’s still one of the best places in the world to get an education because our communities are so loyal and supportive of the school and our kids,” Webb said. “I still believe the small school has an important place and I hope we always keep the small schools intact.” ■
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facilities that help students learn
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Net gains speak to more than sports For New Castle High School, net gains involve more than just the perennially strong basketball and volleyball teams. The letters “AP” point to both athletic team polls and advanced placement courses. The community is not only home to the world’s largest and finest high school gymnasium, but also can claim state finalist bands, state champion choirs and stateThe bound speech and debate students. graduation “We have so many positive rate has things to offer,” says New Castle Community School Corp. Supt. risen to Steve Fisher. nearly 93 Neighborhood elementary schools still thrive in this city of percent approximately 20,000. Westwood, in the on the southwestern edge of town, past three is a perennial high achiever when state test scores are released. years. Wilbur Wright, on the north side of town, houses a gifted and talented program for elementary students. Sunnyside houses a kindergarten academy; Eastwood has found success in a new literacy program. Parker, located near Baker Park, bears the name of local poet and legislator Benjamin Parker, who was close friends with James Whitcomb Riley, who also has an elementary school named after him on the south side of town. Riley Elementary School earned a 4-Star rating from the state in 2012. As a result, the graduation rate has risen to nearly 93 percent in the past three years. The number of college credits those students leave with also is increasing, thanks to the
selection of advanced placement and dual credit offerings. There also are many other noteworthy aspects to New Castle. Just ask the perennial state finalist Trojan Marching Band or the 2012 state champion choir. The band is a regular contender among powerhouse schools in its class and has finished as high as fourth in a state finals field that often features not only bigger schools but also much bigger band budgets. Like the band, the choir is steeped in tradition and has not only been very competitive in recent years, but has become one of the city’s best ambassadors through public performances. Some of the best facilities in the state greet students who attend New Castle High School. A school renovation project completed near the end of the millennium has provided the kind of facilities that help students learn. The fieldhouse remains not only a great place to watch a basketball or volleyball game, but a very useful venue for physical education and community events. Academically, New Castle provides students the opportunity to earn college credits at such places like Indiana University and Ivy Tech. Such core subjects as English, math, science and biology are offered as college credit courses, giving students a head start and parents a financial break. And, speaking of finances, smart management of the school facilities and staff has helped New Castle weather the challenges of financial fall-out now common in public education. “The thing I’m proudest of is how we have been able to cut over $7 million out of our general fund budget and yet, we’ve not laid off a single teacher,” Fisher said. ■
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Local high schools offer college-level courses to Henry County students dual credit definitions
Dual credit is a way for high school students to earn college credit. Collegelevel courses are taught while students are in high school using the collegeâ€™s required textbooks and curriculum. When students complete the dual credit class, they receive both high school and college credit.
Advanced Placement (AP) are college-level classes taught in high school by a high school teacher. Students who meet test score standards can obtain college credit.
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English literature and composition, math, calculus, statistics, science, biology, chemistry, physics, social studies, U.S. history, psychology, micro and macro economics, U.S. government, German, Spanish.
ACP Speech/IU; Anatomy, physiology/Ivy Tech; Digital citizenship/Vincennes
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School engineers a new national road to success through leadership KNIGHTSTOWN – In the town that the National Road runs through and that Hollywood’s “Hoosiers” called home, students here are taking their best shots at exciting career paths. Future farmers, engineers, and broadcasters are experiencing a unique and exciting education – with the emphasis on experience. Academic-minded students are graduating from high school with many college credits. Leadership is learned through unique extra-curricular activities like robotics. Academic“We’ve got more kids looking minded at engineering careers now,” said Knightstown High School students Principal Scott Ritchie, who graduate brought the robotics program with college with him when he came here from Perry Meridian High credits and School. leadership Knightstown High School offers robotics – a team skills. competition that involves skills from engineering to welding to construction and design. Recently, students on the team had an appropriate task, given the town’s role in the 1986 movie “Hoosiers,” where parts were filmed in the town’s vintage school gym. The task: Mechanically, put a big ball through a hoop. “You drive the robot up to the ball, pick it up, and use its arms to launch it into the goal,” said robotics team advisor Lisa Beckwith.
In its short history, the robotics team already has 20 students involved, a total Beckwith said is “incredible” for a small school. Lessons learned in this hands-on activity go beyond the tangible. “I really didn’t have a lot of experience working with other people,” said team member Chase Rumple. “Working as a team together is just an opportunity to get out there and learn how to work with others.” Knightstown also excels in more traditional fields of study. “We have an outstanding FFA program,” Ritchie said. “We’ve had two state officers, a state president and a state treasurer over the last four years. We also have some kids still involved at the national level even two years after graduation. It is one of the true programs that brings tears to the eyes of kids when they are done with their senior year.” The value of a Knightstown High School education also can be measured on a spreadsheet, thanks to its wide range of dual credit courses. “Students can graduate with as many as 17 hours of credits at IU/Bloomington,” Richie said. “A lot of moms come back to us after college orientation and tell us, ‘you’re not going to believe this but we just sat there and were clicking classes off – for free.’ “Some kids really struggle in that first year of college and some drop out. If we can get them as far through that first year as possible with our dual credit program, they can take some of their major interest classes right off the bat and that will help keep them at that university.” ■
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Science teacher Ben Buehler
Laptops vs. chalkboards
Principal Kevin Lester
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Turning creative learning into science MOUNT SUMMIT – Several unopened boxes of chalk in the supply cabinet and a bicycle in the science lab speak volumes about the state of education at Blue River Valley – and where it’s going. Smart boards and laptops Smart boards drive the daily discussions in this rural school setting and laptops that’s about as high-tech as drive daily any small school corporation discussions could possibly be. At Blue River Valley in high-tech Junior-Senior High School, rural school every student in grades 7-12 setting. has his or her own laptop. At the elementary school, there are 30 laptops for every grade level and teachers use smart boards instead of chalkboards. During a recent school day, elementary school students were learning about the 13 colonies by sharing their own PowerPoint presentations. “Our older teachers have embraced technology,” said Blue River Elementary School Principal Kevin Lester. “Teachers have not been intimidated.” Meanwhile, big ideas are being “pedaled” – literally – in this 1965 consolidation of Mooreland, Mt. Summit and Springport. Ben Buehler, a young science teacher, has led students on an energy odyssey. Students have been creating their own energy through the pedaling of a stationary bike. At the same time, they’ve helped the school corporation save energy by winning a grant that will help change the lighting system in the school’s main gymnasium to a more efficient one.
Within Blue River Valley, students are learning to create their own energy by pedaling a stationary bike.
“I think for our size school, we can hardly be beat when it comes to technology,” said Blue River Valley Supt. Steve Welsh. Blue River offers athletes, business students, musicians and agriculture-driven youth a place to sow seeds for their dreams. Advanced placement courses in chemistry, calculus and U.S. history are offered along with dual credit opportunities at Ivy Tech. Values grow here, as well. Students in the Business Professionals of America class participated in a recent national effort to reduce texting while driving. The band program has a long history of excellence and once was state runner-up in Class D competition three years in a row. Blue River has had not one, but two state mental attitude award winners. ■
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henry county schools WHO TO CALL NEW CASTLE
Administration: (765) 521-7201 Supt. Steve Fisher Asst. Supt. Bo Pheffer, Maria Sells SECONDARY SCHOOLS New Castle High School: 765-593-6670 Principal Chris Walker Asst. Principals Mark Hughes, Kenon Gray New Castle Middle School: 765-521-7230 Principal Jaci Hadsell ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Eastwood: 765-521-7205 Principal: Lora Wilson Parker: 765-521-7209 Principal: Shane Bryant Riley: 765-521-7211 Principal: Nick Middleton Sunnyside: 765-521-7213 Principal: Jean Ann McAllister Westwood: 765-521-7215 Principal: James Carson Wilbur Wright: 765-521-7217 Principal: Tony Personett
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Administration: (765) 836-4851 Supt. Steve Welsh Elementary: (765) 836-4851 Principal: Kevin Lester Junior-Senior High School: (765) 836-4811 Principal: Jason Slopsema
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Administration: (765) 345-5153 Supt. Joe Backmeyer (Interim) Elementary: (765) 345-2151 Principal: Knightstown Jr-Sr H.S.: (765) 343-5153 Principal: Scott Ritchie
Administration: (765) 354-2266 Supt. Ron Green Elementary: (765) 354-6636 Principal: Brent Kinsey High School: (765) 354-6640 Principal: Charles Willis
Administration: (765) 987-7882 Supt. Wesley Hammond Elementary: (765) 987-7090 Principal: Keith Thackery High School: (765) 987-7988 Principal: Keith Isaacs
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Colleges grow communities A community’s economic health and wellness starts with its commitment to education.
In New Castle and Henry County, high school graduates as well as individuals seeking retraining or a change in a career, have a range of options. “We work closely with our schools in Henry County,” said Missy Modesitt, Executive Director of the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. “We understand the significance of education and what it can mean for our economic stability and growth.” The size of the community might fool some people into thinking there are few options here and nearby. But that could not be further from the truth, Modesitt said. Take Keith Fargo, a 1997 alumnus of Indiana University-East, Affordable education according to the IU/East website. Graduating at the top of his class, jumpstarts the New Castle resident went on careers and to become a neuroscientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in community. Hines, Illinois, just west of Chicago. While a student, Fargo lived in New Castle and commuted to the IU-East campus in Richmond. Proximity to an affordable education is what jumpstarts careers and communities. Closer to home is the Danielson Center, located at 300 Trojan Lane, where students can take college courses toward an IU degree or certificate or enroll in personal enrichment classes. The Danielson Center was funded entirely by private donations, a clear signal that the local commitment to post secondary education is paramount. It was Indiana University alumni Patricia and D.C. “Danny” Danielson who established a matching challenge gift in 1998 and took the lead in fund-raising efforts, amassing more than $1 million for the facility. The Danielson Center was subsequently deeded to Indiana University and classes provided by IU East were offered in the new facility beginning in 1999.
In addition to the Danielson’s commitment of $250,000, Ameriana Bank in New Castle donated the building, the Henry County Community Foundation pledged $100,000, and the Lilly Endowment added $190,000. Local businesses throughout Henry County were significant players in equipping the center, too.
Purdue University part of statewide network
The Purdue University College of Technology at nearby Anderson is part of a statewide network that offers the same technology degrees available at the main campus in West Lafayette. Its smaller size allows for dedicated, one-on-one attention while you earn your degree. Purdue University’s College of Technology at Anderson offers three undergraduate degree programs, providing individualized, practical and real-world approaches for beginning students as well as the experienced student. The student population is a mix of traditional college-age students who recently graduated from high school and nontraditional students already in the workplace. The diversity brings a unique blend of education and experience into classroom discussions.
Henry County’s new Ivy Tech
Henry County’s own Ivy Tech location in a facility built on Ind. 3, south of New Castle, is brand new. Once again, local initiative drove the project. Henry County invested about $2.2 million in food and beverage tax money into the facility. The Henry County Foundation and hospital foundation each contributed $250,000 and private families pooled their own resources to raise $500,000 more. The building is designed to accommodate about 1,200 students eventually. Ivy Tech has become the nation’s largest community college. In the east region alone, about 8,600 students take Ivy Tech classes. “Community college students - 85 to 90 percent of them - stay in the community,” said Dr. Andy Bowne, Ivy Tech’s east region chancellor. “Typically, community college students go back to their roots.” ■
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Engineering Technology (BS). A flexible curriculum designed to meet workforce needs, computer graphics, info technology, electrical and mechanical engineering technology
Nursing (ASN). The art of science in nursing program is designed to accommodate two groups of students: those who are entering a nursing program for the first time and those Licensed Practical Nurses or certified Paramedics seeking educational mobility to the associate-degree level.
Industrial Technology (BS). Management, operation and maintenance of technological systems; quality control, lean manufacturing and six sigma principles (contemporary management strategies) Organizational Leadership (BS). Preparing supervisors focuses on cultivating talent within an organization as well as problem solving and leadership development
Respiratory Therapy program (AS). is a selective admission program. When you apply, you will be accepted into Healthcare Support with a concentration in Respiratory Care while you complete the prerequisite requirements.
Organizational Leadership (AS). Preparing supervisors focuses on cultivating talent within an organization as well as problem solving and leadership development
General studies (AS). Degree offers a solid core of general education classes with the flexibility of additional elective courses of an individualized education plan. You are exposed to a broad range of courses including composition, the humanities and sciences, mathematics, communications and multicultural awareness. These courses are largely transferrable to a four-year institution as required coursework toward a bachelor’s degree.
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Nursing (BS). You’ll learn crucial nursing skills in an up-to-date clinical learning laboratory using the latest technology. Business (BS). If you’re interested in a business career, IU East can prepare you for success. You’ll study with business faculty members who are experts in different specialties, as you learn the principles and practices of business in a dynamic global environment. General students (BS). Select a concentration in arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences or natural science and mathematics. Then choose courses that interest you most. A bachelor’s of general studies offers students the quality of an IU degree along with the most flexibility of any academic program. This degree allows graduates to have nearly endless career choices.
Computer Graphics Technology (BS). Combine artistic and technical skills to design, analyze and communicate ideas visually. Prepare for a career in education, business, advertising, gaming, and entertainment and beyond. Engineering technology (BS). Put engineering principles to work in this broad, hands-on major that will prepare you to use current technologies to address local industry needs. Industrial technology (BS). Learn the skills necessary to improve quality and safety, streamline processes, and manage people in settings such as manufacturing and healthcare. Organizational leadership and supervision (AS or BS). Learn to apply leadership and contemporary management practices to help an organization reach its goals. Mechanical engineering technology (AS). Learn to analyze and solve production problems and work to design systems and operations that improve and streamline the manufacturing process.
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Training is Job One at WorkOne
New Castle office offers free workshops to help residents get better jobs Every week, as many as 200 people visit the WorkOne facility, located
in New Castle’s Payne Village Shopping Center, says Jody Springer, manager of WorkOne offices in Henry, Randolph and Rush counties. They come to take steps toward a better job and economic future. “WorkOne offices are hidden treasures,” Springer said. “We are not just for the unemployed. We offer resources to help people better themselves and take that next step in their careers.” The facility is a valuable resource for job seekers of any age, not only helping connect people with potential job openings in their area but preparing them to train and apply for them as well. The office can even offer financial assistance to those who qualify for tuition, books and supplies and are seeking training or certification help on “occupations in demand” like nursing. Retraining is offered to those who once had factory jobs, but now need skill upgrades for today’s advanced manufacturing world. ■
Each Monday and Tuesday, New Castle’s WorkOne center offers basic workshops, ranging from computer literacy to resume building and interview skills.
COMPUTER WORKSHOPS 1) Computer basics, for those who are starting from scratch or have little computer experience. 2) Internet and email basics, a twohour class that helps job seekers finetune their searches. 3) Keyboarding One, a 90-minute training session that familiarizes people with various parts of the computer keyboard and offers helpful typing tips. 4) Keyboard Shortcuts, a 90-minute course that provides efficient ways to speed up your ability to get where you want to go on a computer.
more WORKSHOPS There also are workshops that bring job seekers together and help them network with each other, sharing job leads and tips. These free workshops may be scheduled by visiting the New Castle WorkOne Center or by calling 765-529-3010.
RESUME WORKSHOPS 1) A 90-minute course to learn what a resume can do for you. 2) “Resume Review & Assist Lab,” a three-hour session where people can have their resumes evaluated by a job search professional. 3) “Creating a Resume in Indiana Career Connect,” a three-hour course that helps explain how to post a resume on the IndianaCareerConnect.com website. The course identifies ways to make a resume stand out and make employers take notice. 4) “Demilitarizing Resumes” is a special workshop for military veterans, helping them turn their military resume into an effective civilian one. A particular focus is helping veterans translate that military language into everyday terms. 5) “Winning Interviews” is a two-hour course that helps people understand why first impressions are so important and what should be done before, during and after a job interview. 6) A 90-minute workshop entitled “Who Moved My Cheese” is geared toward helping people deal with ongoing change in work as well as personal life in practical ways. “Who Moved My Cheese?” is a best-selling self-help book about career changes. It was written by Spencer Johnson and published in 1998.
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