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Tuesday, 16 February 2021 19:37

Preparing Students for the Workforce

Written by Andy Barrand, The Herald Republican
Jersey Ramos, a senior at Hamilton High School, tack welds two pieces of metal Feb. 11 at Impact Institute. After graduation, she plans on entering the workforce as a welder. Jersey Ramos, a senior at Hamilton High School, tack welds two pieces of metal Feb. 11 at Impact Institute. After graduation, she plans on entering the workforce as a welder. Andy Barrand

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...none of this would be possible without the dedicated staff of educators at the Impact Institute.

 

“We couldn’t get the things done we do without our incredibly skilled staff,” Walmsley said. “With COVID-19 it has been stressful in many ways. They have shown major resolve in a tough situation.

 

“They are our greatest asset, we couldn’t do what we do without them,” he added.

 

The institute’s 14 technical programs are taught by individuals who have direct experience in the field they are teaching.

 

Other technical education programs offered include automotive service technology, design technology (CAD), cosmetology, construction trades, culinary arts, criminal justice, health occupations education, electrical, plumbing & HVAC, interactive media, marine service technology, precision machining and primary health care.

 

The institute serves students of 14 school districts in Noble, DeKalb, Steuben, LaGrange and Whitley counties in Indiana. Offering morning and afternoon classes, school districts provide transportation to one of six locations in Kendallville.

 

Impact Institute started 51 years ago as a four-county vocational cooperative program. This school year, 565 juniors and seniors from the 14 school districts are enrolled in the institute’s program.

 

Walmsley said that number stays from year to year.

 

Offering students a technical education while earning their high school diploma gives students the opportunity to go directly into the workforce if they feel college isn’t right for them.

 

Walmsley said the trades have suffered over the past years, because of...


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