Elkhart Area Career Center

April 2021 Newsletter

SkillsUSA State Competitions

SkillsUSA is our largest student organization wherein a normal year 75% of our students would be active participants. SkillsUSA provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. Every year students in each program compete in the Regionals competition. The top 5 students advance to State and then first-place winners advance to Nationals. We had 52 students competing at the state level within 12 different programs in the middle of April. The Virtual Awards Ceremony will be on May 7. This year the state competitions had to be coordinated locally by Traci Pankratz, our SkillsUSA coordinator. All competitions had to be done virtually where students were interviewed with video conferencing and videos were filmed of their work to be reviewed by the judges. All students participating had to upload a resume and take a Professional Development Test, which focuses on professional skills, as well as SkillsUSA Framework information. Many students also took a written skills-based test in addition to a skills performance test. Students can win scholarship money for further education and tools that can be used once they have entered into the job market.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

The National Technical Honor Society exists to honor, recognize, and empower students and teachers in Career and Technical Education. Students that are inducted into NTHS are recognized for their achievements and leadership and may be awarded scholarships and enhanced career opportunities. The Elkhart Area Career Center had 137 students inducted into the NTHS on April 29. To qualify, students must be earning an A in their class, have 3 or fewer absences, be nominated by their teacher, and receive one additional recommendation. Congratulations to the 2021 Inductees!
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We Still have Openings in our Manufacturing Technology Classes for Fall 2021

Want to receive training for a career that offers competitive salaries and jobs that are in high demand? Check out Manufacturing Technology at the Elkhart Area Career Center. This two-year program is located in the brand new ETI building with a real-world curriculum and project-based learning. In the second year of study, students can participate in paid apprenticeships and internships. See the average salaries for CNC operator, Machinist, and CNC programmer in the graphic below. Any student interested in this program should contact their high school counselor. To learn more visit https://myeacc.org/manufacturing-technology/
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Mock Interviews 2021 Went Virtual

On March 24 and 25 we held our first ever Virtual Mock Interviews. Although the mock interviews are an annual event, we had to roll with the COVID protocols at the time to make the event happen this year. The staff conducted 107 Google Meets with 82 business partners and 521 students were interviewed. Students were scored with a rubric to give them feedback on their cover letter, resumes, and interviewing skills. We heard many positive comments about how our students represented themselves.

Mock Interview Preparations

The staff has been working all year to prepare their students for employment opportunities. Preparations coordinated by Traci Pankratz, the EACC Literacy Specialist has included building cover letters and resumes and learning how to properly dress for job interviews. In the picture below, students in Melissa Hertsel's Computer Networking class are learning how to tie a tie.
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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.