We look forward to serving our students and parents during the 2017-2018 school year. Here is the link for our 2017-2018 Student Handbook (.PDF) by clicking the link here. If you would like to request a physical copy of the handbook, click here.

Please do not hesitate to call (260) 563-7481 or email me (jhiggins@hcc.k12.in.us) if you have any questions or would like to visit HCC.

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The Heartland Career Center staff is excited to begin another year of equipping students with job ready skills to provide them greater access to high demand jobs in today’s highly technical world. All of the students attending Heartland Career Center will be actively involved in classrooms that allow them access to hands-on experiences that provide them the chance to gain experience in a wide array of technical fields.

Over the past school year, we were proud of the many successes of our students. The successes included over 200 industry recognized certifications and licensures earned by 133 students; over 120 students involved in 250 internship experiences at nearly 90 different businesses; and 297 students earning over 1900 dual credits offered through our fifteen different programs. The experiences and training that Heartland students have the opportunities to experience are obviously invaluable to propel them towards their next step, whether that is post-secondary education or entering the workforce. No matter which path a student chooses to follow, they have definitely gained desired employment skills.

We are proud to say that our instructors are constantly working to improve their specific skillset and the programs they teach to provide the best opportunities for our students. This is consistently demonstrated by the success of our students. Extra effort by our instructors is also demonstrated by the continued success of our students at state and national competitions such as Business Professionals of America, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), ProStart and SkillsUSA. Through all of these organizations, we were honored to have many state competition award winners, plus three students who gained the chance to compete at the national competition. To achieve this level of success, the students and instructors must commit a tremendous amount of time and effort to prepare.

As we embark on another year, we are excited for the opportunities we can provide inside each of our classrooms. This is largely due to the support we have been honored to receive both from our communities, as well as our region. The training provided in each of our programs allows students to prepare for the job opportunities that are available in our region. This has been a concerted effort that has brought together key individuals and employers in our region creating great internship possibilities that can potentially lead to employment for Heartland Career Center students. We look forward to this upcoming year due to the numerous opportunities that our students have the chance to pursue

Mark Hobbs, Director
Jon Higgins, Principal
Peter Dupont, Supervisor of Student Services

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Dual-credit high school students building 11 custom homes for college credit in Fort Wayne

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:


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