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As the first semester comes to a close and we begin the second semester, we find our students gaining great hands-on opportunities in each of the 15 programs at Heartland Career Center. Through these experiences, students are gaining beneficial technical and employability skills. According to a yearlong LinkedIn 2016 study, the skills most desired by today’s employers include:
3. Teamwork Skills
5. Critical Thinking
This concept is reinforced in an article by Jacob Share from May 25, 2017 of Livecareer.com, which states that “Degrees and credentials are important, but the development of soft skills is a crucial part of fostering a dynamic workforce.” As a result, Heartland Career Center is placing emphasis on integrating soft skills throughout the curriculum and learning experiences, recognizing that these skills are transferable to any career our students choose to pursue. With this in mind, our teachers are providing opportunities for students to develop soft skills by placing them in environments that students are able to practice these skills. Some of the experiences include providing learning environments within our building where student interact with outside customers. Examples of these activities can be found in cosmetology, auto service, auto collision and construction. While other experiences lead to working outside our facility in internships, placing the student in a much more realistic learning environment that cannot be replicated in the normal classroom setting. Regardless, all of these opportunities prepare the students for the work force whether they want to pursue more education or go right into a career. In either case, Heartland Career Center students are learning technical and soft skills that allow them to be prepared for the next step of their future.
As we start the second semester, our students and instructors continue to enhance their skills through classroom activities, internship opportunities and student competitions. This is when many of our students begin gearing up for regional and state competitions. The Heartland Career Center BPA club has already held their regional competition, in which, 39 of our students competed. Twenty-one of those students qualified to move on to the state competition. Also, regional SkillsUSA and ProStart competitions will be taking place in the next few weeks. These student competitions serve as a great extension of our classrooms that provide students with a great way to showcase their abilities in comparison to their peers from across the state. We are proud of our students and look forward to their competition experiences.
Jon Higgins, Principal
2018 Heartland College/Career Fair & Open House
2018 Heartland Career Expo
CTE is Cool
Posted on November 30, 2017
The Building Construction Technology program at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is partnering with more than 16 area high school and career center classes to build custom homes for northeast Indiana residents.
Participating high school students are enrolled in dual credit classes at Ivy Tech and receive high school credit as well as college credit for their classes. Most participating high schools have also adopted the College’s new National Center for Construction Education & Research curriculum. The curriculum is a nationally recognized construction certification program that embeds industry-recognized credentials to measure both knowledge and hands-on skill.
Many partnering building trades programs have been building homes with students for more than 25 years. These partnerships are especially important, with the impact of a broadening skills gap and shortage of workers in the construction industry looming.
“With the construction labor shortage in full swing, high school building trades programs provide an excellent avenue for developing interest in the building trades among young people,” says Ryan Voorhees, building construction technology program chair.
For most programs, students are on the jobsite daily; many are currently wrapping up roofing and siding in preparation for the coming winter weather. Throughout the winter and spring months, students will continue work inside their project houses to complete mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drywall, paint, cabinets, flooring, and more.
The following high schools and career centers are currently partnering with Ivy Tech:
- Central Noble High School in Albion
- Fairfield Junior-Senior High School in Goshen
- Fort Wayne Community School’s Career Academy in Fort Wayne
- Garrett High School in Garrett
- Heartland Career Center in Wabash
- Impact Institute in Kendallville
- Lakeland High School in LaGrange
- Mishawaka High School in Mishawaka
- Riley High School in South Bend
- Tippecanoe Valley High School in Akron
- Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw
- Wawasee High School in Syracuse