The Walker Talker

Walker Career Center weekly update - January 24, 2020

Walker Career Center is home to one of the top CTE students in the state!

This past week, we learned that senior, Knight Wolff, has been named a recipient of the Indiana Awards For Excellence - Top Student Award. While in high school, Knight has excelled in multiple areas of Walker Career Center. To name a few of them, Knight is involved with the Digital Goats, Nanoline Team, Leadership Council, Technical Honor Society, AP Computer Science, and several PLTW Engineering courses. Oh yeah, and he currently ranks in the Top 10 in his class of 800 students!

To be selected as a Top Student, the selection committee focused on four criterion areas:

* Scholarship: The degree to which the nominee strives to develop high scholastic potential, use job-related academic skills, and demonstrate imagination, ingenuity, creativity and curiosity.

* Character: Evidence of character traits such as reliability and interpersonal skills, resourcefulness and creativity, personal integrity, positive attitude and caring for others.

* Leadership: Demonstrated leadership in career and technical education activities, community service activities and non-career and technical education activities.

* Career/Technical Skill Proficiency: Documented outstanding ability to perform career and technical skills/tasks at a higher level than students not participating in a career program, selection into a post-secondary program, and competencies/skills/tasks the student can perform.

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This week, we also learned that our Computer Science program, ran by Josh Law, has been named a recipient of the Indiana Awards of Excellence - Top Program of Study. The Computer Science program has continued to grow under the leadership of Mr. Law. The Computer Science program is now able to offer Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Computer Science III: Software Development, and Computer Science III: Cyber-security.

The be selected as a Top Program of Study, the selection committee focused on three criteria:

* Program Design - The program includes objectives, expected outcomes, and expected student competencies; advisory committee input, activities, and involvement with program design, resource utilization, and program outcomes; and accessibility, program promotion, and enrollment based on current and future student and workplace needs.

* Resource Utilization - The program utilizes resources available in a cost-effective and efficient manner; instructional faculty is qualified and makes unique contributions to program quality; there is accessibility of equipment and facilities based on program objectives and workplace technology; and there is community involvement and partnerships, when appropriate, which promote or enhance the program.

* Program Outcomes - Student competencies meet workplace standards and result in appropriate placement; students participate in leadership/development activities; and graduate and employer follow-up studies provide data for program updating and planning.

Computer Science is added to the growing list of WCC programs to be honored as a Top Program in the State of Indiana. Recent winners from WCC include: Culinary Arts, Early Childhood, Dental, Finance Academy, and PLTW Engineering. This is an amazing accomplishment as less than 10 secondary programs are selected throughout the state on an annual basis!

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Wait a minute, Computer Science is not done with awards? That's correct, the CS program is also home to a 2020 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing National Runner-Up!

NCWIT proudly announced the 2020 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) national recipients, honoring four hundred high school women from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

Each year, U.S. high school students in grades 9 through 12 who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary are eligible to receive recognition for their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. This year, 40 winners and 360 honorable mentions were selected from more than 4,700 amazing, talented young women.

Walker Career Center is proud to announce that junior, Sarah Sexton, has been named a National Runner-Up! Congratulations Sarah on this amazing accomplishment.

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Want to skip the line at Kroger? Get your significant other something here in the Threshold.

The culinary arts program is selling cupcake roses and chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's Day. All proceeds from this fundraiser will help students cover uniforms, equipment, competition fees, field trips, and more. Orders will be taken starting today through Wednesday, February 5th at 3pm. Payment will be due by Thursday, February 13th at 1pm.

Valentine's Day Order Form

Transfer student recruiting at Greenfield Central

This week, the WCC Admin team headed east to meet with Greenfield Central High School students. Did you know that WCC is home to almost 120 "transfer" students? In addition to MSDWT, Walker Career Center is also the area Career Center for Greenfield Central and New Palestine as well as a handful of students attending from Mt. Vernon, Triton Central, and Lawrence Central.
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