We look forward to serving our students and parents during the 2018-2019 school year. Here is the link for our 2018-2019 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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Heartland Career Center Happenings.

Heartland Career Center staff and students are back in full swing preparing their next step towards meeting their career goals. We welcome two new teachers this year to the Heartland staff. Jennifer Townsend-Camden begins her teaching career as the first year Cosmetology instructor. Mrs. Camden is a Heartland Career Center graduate and is coming to our staff as a person who has operated her own salon for the past 29 years. Our other teaching addition is Matthew Adams, who will serve as our Electronics/Computer technology instructor. Mr. Adams has had a wide array of industrial electronics experience both in the manufacturing and communications industry.

Three other new staff members have also recently joined the Heartland Career Center staff in support roles. Lori DuBois has been hired as the Career Counselor Ambassador, a newly created position with Heartland Career Center, serving as a connection between each of our sending schools and the Career Center. Mrs. DuBois will be working with each of our nine sending schools to highlight the career opportunities available to all students through Heartland. Brandon Lewis has been selected as a program assistant who will be charged with assisting students be successful in multiple programs throughout our facility. Our most recent addition to the Heartland staff is Lisa Gibson who joins our team as a part time custodian. We are excited for each of these individuals join our staff.

Other exciting changes coming to Heartland Career Center this year will be the addition of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Jail Officer training that will be integrated into the Criminal Justice curriculum. Mr. Striker, our Criminal Justice instructor, has worked with the State of Indiana to become only the second career center in the state to provide this training. At the completion of the training, each of our students who successfully complete the coursework will be able to be employed in any county in the state of Indiana as a county jail officer when they turn eighteen. We appreciate the forethought and efforts Mr. Striker has already put in on this new opportunity and we look forward to the job possibilities this will also provide for our area.

Heartland Career Center continues to look for opportunities to extend the experiences for each of our students. Since the experiences at Heartland are centered around hands-on learning, internship experiences serve as great extensions of the skills students are developing in all of our classrooms. Heartland Career Center is excited to work in continued collaboration with many of our regional employers to provide great internship opportunities throughout this coming year. These opportunities are providing ways for students begin bright futures with tangible skills that are highly sought in today’s highly skilled job market. We look forward to a great year and the great achievements our students accomplish throughout the year.

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:

  • 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


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