WorkOne and the South Bend Career Academy will detail two programs Wednesday designed to prepare high school students for education and careers in advanced manufacturing and logistics. The efforts focus on soft skills training and enabling high school students to earn industry-recognized certificates.
December 17, 2013
South Bend, Ind. — WorkOne and the South Bend Career Academy (SBCA) are pleased to announce a press conference on December 18 focusing on two innovative programs seeking to prepare high school students for post-secondary education and careers in Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics (AML), as well as other sectors of the Northern Indiana economy.
The event will feature a panel of educators and business officials as well as opportunities for media interviews with selected students.
At its heart, WorkOne's Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program focuses on helping at-risk young people strengthen their decision-making, life- and employability-skills to a level necessary to enter, compete and succeed in either the workforce or post-secondary education. To reach this skill-level, each student invests thought, energy and curiosity in the various components of JAG’s curriculum as well as participating in com-munity service and other activities, such as college visits and WorkOne’s annual Region 2 Career Development Conference.
Hire Technology, organized by Conexus Indiana in part to address a prevalent skills-gap, is a statewide program that enables high school students to earn industry-recognized certificates while preparing for post-secondary programs and careers in AML. The Hire Technology curriculum, by design, allows teachers such as SBCA’s Jasen Gibbens to utilize project-based learning techniques. In fact, Mr. Gibbens, who worked for years in manufac-turing and seeks to teach “our youth the art of manufacturing,” has been delighted to find that students’ engage-ment and enthusiasm levels soar when focused on project-based learning efforts, such as those involving robotics or 3D printing.
The chief goal of the Hire Technology effort is to help fill more than 11,000 AML jobs available in Indiana each year and to develop a pipeline of qualified workers for the industries engaged in Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics. These jobs demand increasingly advanced technical skills and generally require a college degree or industry training credential.