Saebre Barker

Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

Creativity abounds in the local Interactive Media class at Heartland Career Center, where students are busy creating their own websites as well as refining website designs for all the local career courses at the center. Eleventh grader, Saebre Barker (pictured below), from Manchester High school, displayed her project that featured the Cosmetology program. It is meant to better highlight the Cosmetology Program, giving descriptions, pictures, and recent happenings for the public view. Saebre displayed her work on the newly purchase Samsung 75” Smart TV. Saebre indicated that the programming the students were using for the website design was based on software from WIX, a free website design program. David Brace, Heartland’s Design Instructor, shared that the recent purchase of interactive equipment such as the Samsung Smart Television, an IPAD Pro, and a link to Apple TV were added to the program thanks to the generosity of the Wabash County Community Foundation. He said, “This equipment is only available because of Community Foundation of Wabash County. Schools just don’t have the funding to keep up with the technology needs of students. So it is only with the help of these outside sources that we can provide students with state-of-the art media equipment. We are so appreciative!” said Mr. Brace. The Interactive Media course is home to both IBM and MAC computers with a host of interactive programs for students to design and develop their works.

Julie Garber, of the Wabash County Community Foundation commented about the recent grant given to Heartland saying, “Students with skills in graphic design and technology will be in demand in many fields. Every organization, business, school, hospital, publication, and social service agency has need for these skills. The new smart TV will give Heartland Students in the Interactive Media course good experience for building these skills and contribute to the skill base in Wabash County that employers are looking for.”

For Saebre, a career in design was her mother’s idea. “My mom said so. She liked my artwork and said maybe I should try this class.” She prefers drawing of any kind, but especially with pen. With the technology available to her, she is exploring various types of art and design. Beyond the website design, she is also working on an animation project using the Adobe Flash program. She was also a participant in the Honeywell Banner contest around Christmas. And as is the case with all the interactive media students, Saebre is working to develop a portfolio of her work that will eventually be displayed on the Heartland website and may serve as a catalyst to getting a job.

Heartland Career Center 2016 Awards Ceremony

Check out the 2015-16 Heartland Career Center Awards Ceremony. It's a slideshow created by a few of Mr. Brace's Graphic Design students featuring the music of various artists. The video was edited by Ethan Ryder and produced by David Brace.

Skill UP Grant a win for Northeast Indiana

Posted: March 04, 2016

Northeast Indiana is celebrating another achievement. Gov. Mike Pence’s announcement that Northeast Indiana will be receiving $1.35 million in Skill UP funding to support new and expanded educational programs in manufacturing and the skilled trades is a great win for the region.

Reaching the Big Goal

For years, education and training providers in Northeast Indiana have rallied around the region’s Big Goal Collaborative, which aims to increase the percentage of residents with a degree or credential to 60 percent. This announcement is a powerful example of how regional collaboration and alignment under common outcomes can have a major impact in our community. By helping create and align education and training programs, the Skill UP grant will go a long way toward accelerating Northeast Indiana’s pursuit of its Big Goal. This grant will allow us as a region to further develop and promote seamless career pathways for both secondary students during the day and adult learners in the evenings.

There is a great regional demand currently for workers in manufacturing and the skilled trades, and that demand is expected to grow at least through the next decade. We are immensely grateful that the state has found merit in our plan to bolster the successful career pathway work that has already been accomplished in Northeast Indiana.

Skill UP Grant

Building a skilled workforce

The money will allow the region’s five Career and Technical Education (CTE) districts to significantly upgrade programs for youth and adults in CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) machining, welding and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning). These disciplines are vital to a region where manufacturing and the skilled trades combined are the largest employers and are projected to grow at least through the next decade. Moreover, the industry sectors, which are becoming more high-tech every day, offer higher wages than most other sectors. Also notable is the collaborative nature of the region’s Skill UP grant proposal, which was put together by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Northeast Indiana Works. Among the partners in the initiative are the CTE districts; the region’s five employer-driven sector partnerships; Local Economic Development Organizations (LEDOs); Ivy Tech Northeast; and the WorkOne Northeast business services team. There is profound collective momentum in Northeast Indiana for enhancing workforce opportunities and other quality of life improvements and this grant from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development follows other recent grant successes for the region, including the $42-million Regional Cities grant award and $750,000 in Office of Rural and Community Affairs (OCRA) funding.

Heartland Career Center 2015 Awards Ceremony

Check out the 2014-15 Heartland Career Center Awards Ceremony. It's a slideshow created by a few of Mr. Brace's Graphic Design students featuring the music of various artists. The video was edited by Emily Walker and Elizabeth Whitehurst and produced by David Brace.

United Way of Miami County

In 2011, the average high school graduation rate across America reached 78.2%, the highest level in 30 years. Behind this nationwide surge are nearly 1,276 United Ways transforming their communities and raising the bar for an entire generation of students. Watch this video to learn more.