Elkhart Area Career Center

February 2021 Newsletter

Current House Bill to Defund CTE Programs

Indiana CTE (Career and Technical Education) needs your support NOW. Help us by contacting your representatives and letting them know you OPPOSE CUTTING FUNDING FOR ANY CTE PROGRAMS. House Bill 1001 has language that removes funding for CTE classes in valuable career areas including Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Energy, Fashion, Horticulture, Graphic Imaging, and Radio/TV. Funding lost in this area is another cut to public school funding because CTE funding goes into the comprehensive high school’s general fund. Students deserve the opportunity to explore all careers that interest them….not just careers dictated by lawmakers. Reach out and make your voice heard to keep programs. Contact your representative by visiting http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/.

Regionally, this would have a severe negative impact for Michiana. The EACC currently works with a number of business partners (35 local partners) in these fields and these relationships are mutually beneficial for all included. All programs being targeted offer dual credits and industry-recognized certification that help students begin stacking credentials while still in high school. Our Culinary Arts program has strong partnerships with both Beacon Health Systems and Goshen Health providing highly trained students with industry-recognized credentials to support their dietary needs across multiple facilities. Additionally, our Culinary Arts program was recently recognized by the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeships as a SEAL (State Earn and Learn) program as a best practice in the state.

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Inspire Scholarship Awarded to Da-Tierra Lenox

Congratulations to Da-Tierra Lenox a senior in our CNA program who comes to us from Concord High School. Da-Tierra was awarded the Inspire Scholarship offered through the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. Students have to be a resident of Elkhart County for the past 4 years, a graduating high school senior, have a GPA between 2.0 and 3.75, and plan to enroll full time in an accredited university, college, or technical school. In addition, candidates are screened for community and/or work experience, career goals, personal statement, personal evaluation, and school attendance.
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Automotive Refinishing Students Hard at Work!

Recently our Automotive Refinishing students completed a project working on a Ford Mustang SVO. Students were able to put their skills into action taping off the car, base coating, clear coating, full cut, and buff. This was a rewarding project to demonstrate how each of these different skill sets can lead to different careers in the refinishing industry. The Automotive Refinishing program is a second-year program proceed by the Automotive Collision and Repair where students learn to weld, trim, and repair panels.

Emergency Medical Technician Class Happenings

Students that successfully complete this program are eligible to sit for the National Registry EMT exam and the Indiana Psychomotor exam leading to EMT certification, which would allow students to gain an entry-level position as an EMT. Our students were recently practicing trauma care and placing C collars on toddlers and working on ventilating.

Dissections in Veterinary Careers

Students in the veterinary careers programs have been learning through dissections. Recently they dissected a cow eye and a lamb. Students were surprised at how easily they were able to expose the organs and they were surprised by the state of the different organs in the body. Many of the students in this program are currently working in internships across multiple counties. We have students in Veterinary Clinics, Pet Grooming Facilities, and Horse Training Facilities.
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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.