Elkhart Area Career Center

March 2021 Newsletter

Partners and Patrons of EACC, We Could Use your Support!

Indiana CTE (Career and Technical Education) needs your support. Help us by contacting your representatives and letting them know you OPPOSE CUTTING FUNDING FOR ANY CTE PROGRAMS. The current language in House Bill 1001 seeks to defund all CTE programs that carry a “Less than Moderate Value” designation determined by the DWD. Programs such as Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Interactive Media, Horticulture, Recreational & Mobile Equipment (Marine Service Technology), and others sit in the crosshairs of the current language.

Please consider the following:

  • A reduction in funding will likely discourage school corporations from offering programs such as those mentioned above along with others that carry the same designation.

  • Many of these programs are of high interest to students and thus bolster student motivation, retention, and high school graduation rates.

  • Many of these programs offer dual credits and certifications that are listed on Indiana’s Promoted Industry Certification list.

  • Career areas such as these support quality of life and Indiana’s economy. All of Indiana’s economy is important, not just the portion made up of its largest industries.

Recreational & Mobile Equipment is one specific example that we would like to focus on in this newsletter. Under this course title, Impact runs a Marine Service Technology program. Elkhart Area Career Center and Wawasee High School also offer a similar program. The marine industry has a strong presence in our district as well as in all of Northern and Northeast Indiana. We are very unique with the large amount of recreational water that exists and the robust boating industry that goes along with it. Not only do we have a large number of boat dealers and marinas, but we are also home to many boat manufacturers. Students from our program are highly sought after by these employers.

The marine industry adds $4.1B to Indiana’s economy. The area that makes up Congressional Districts #2 and #3 account for just over $1.5B of those dollars. It would be a travesty for this program to be lost and it would cause harm to an industry that does much to serve the economy of Northern and Northeast Indiana.

Please contact

Senator Ryan Mishler and let him know that you do not support the defunding of CTE programs in House Bill 1001.

Contact Information

200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 800-382-9467
or 317-232-9400
Email: Senator.Mishler@iga.in.gov

Legislative Assistant:
Molly McMath
Phone: 317-232-9814
Email: Molly.McMath@iga.in.gov

Contact your representative by visiting http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/.

Culinary and Cosmetology Programs Would Be Impacted As Well

Our Culinary and Cosmetology programs are in the same danger of being defunded as the Recreation and Mobile Equipment program (Marine Technology). As you can see in the In-demand Occupation charts below that both of these programs provide training for occupations that are predicted to be in demand for the next ten years. Here at the EACC, these programs are highly populated and in most years have a waiting list. Julene Franz from Fix Salon in Elkhart says, "The Career Center and the cosmetology division gives students a trade that can equip them for life to be independent financially. You (EACC)....not only teach technical skills, but you teach "life" skills - and that, at the end of the day, is so important to give young people direction and purpose."

Several students who are now graduated from these programs work locally in these occupations. Culinary graduates work for local restaurants including Artisan and Smokin Fatty's Barbeque Joint. Cosmetology graduates own or work for salons such as Absolutely Fabulous, L&M Hair Designs, and Fringe.

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EACC Anti-discrimination Policy:

It is the policy of the Elkhart Community School Corporation not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, veteran status, national origin, age, limited English proficiency, or disability in its programs or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Las (I.C: 22-9-1), the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (Educational Amendments) and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973). Questions concerning compliance with these laws should be directed to the Executive Director of the Elkhart Are Career Center.