DWD Awards Work Ethic Certificate Grant to Scott County School District 2

The following news story appeared on InsideIndianaBusiness.com:

choosescott2INDIANAPOLIS –The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has awarded nearly $600,000 to 18 recipients throughout the state. The grants will integrate with the Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate program, which seeks to address the employability skills gap.

The DWD says the recipients may use the funds, ranging between $20,000 and $55,000, to develop programs that teach students the importance of employability skills local employers are seeking. The programs are a collaboration among employers, local school districts and career centers.

“Hoosier employers routinely cite employability skills as the most challenging characteristics to find in applicants and new hires,” said DWD Commissioner Steven Braun. “The Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate program is designed to provide Hoosier employers with a pipeline of workers with a proven work ethic and assist Indiana communities in closing the skills gap.”

The DWD says the 18 recipients will implement their pilot programs during the 2017-2018 academic year. Recipients must also develop a “Train the Trainer” plan help neighboring school districts replicate the program in their communities.

The recipients include:

  • Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp./C4 Columbus Area Career Connection – $35,000
  • Beech Grove City Schools – $40,000
  • Center of Workforce Innovations Inc. on behalf of the Northwest Indiana Workforce board – $55,000
  • Central Nine Career Center – $40,000
  • Elkhart Community Schools – $36,000
  • Fairfield Community Schools – $25,000
  • Genesis: Pathways to Success – $20,000
  • Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board Inc. – $50,000
  • Hoosier Hills Career Center – $40,000
  • Lebanon Community School Corp. – $35,000
  • Logansport Community School Corp. – $30,000
  • Madison Consolidated School Corp. – $15,000
  • New Castle Career Center – $35,000
  • Portage Township Schools – $25,000
  • Scott County School District 2 – $29,000
  • Spencer-Owen Community Schools – $20,000
  • Westview School Corp. – $25,000
  • White County Schools Collaborative – $35,000

You can learn more about the Governor’s WEC Program by clicking here.

Region 10 Adult Education to Host College & Career Fair on Nov. 22

Region 10 Adult Education is hosting a College & Career Fair at the Reisz Center (1613 East Spring Street, New Albany) on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. Employers and educators who will be present include: Truck Driver’s Institute (TDI), Indiana Tech, U.S. Military, IUS, Walmart, KentuckianaWorks College Access Center and Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship Training.

The Scott County Economic Development Corporation serves as the Region 10 Adult Education service provider and the fiscal agent. 

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Meet the 2016 Local Candidates on Nov. 1 at Scottsburg High School

The Scottsburg High School Student Council will be hosting a MEET THE CANDIDATES event on Nov. 1. At the event, each candidate will be given two minutes to share with the audience why he or she is the right person for the job. After statements, candidates will be available to meet, greet and answer questions.

Tuesday, November 1 at 6:00 PM
Scottsburg High School Commons

Local candidates for the following offices have been invited to participate:

U.S. Representative – Dist. 6
U.S. Representative – Dist. 9
State Representative – Dist. 66
Judge of the Circuit Court
Judge of the Superior Court
County Commissioner – Dist. 1
County Commissioner – Dist. 2
County Council – At Large (3 positions)
Clerk of the Circuit Court
County Treasurer
County Recorder
County Coroner
County Surveyor
Scott County School Dist. 2 School Board (Finley, Johnson, and Vienna seats)

Celebrating Scott County Manufacturers

Friday, October 7, marks the fifth annual Manufacturing Day, a day to recognize the importance of manufacturing and the exciting work that takes place in plants across Scott County and the nation. While the official day falls in October, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate manufacturing year round.

Ninety percent of Americans believe that manufacturing is important to economic prosperity, and they’re right. Manufacturing supports 18.5 million U.S. jobs and represents 26 percent of all jobs within Scott County. In 2015, manufacturing jobs in Scott County increased 7 percent to a total of 1,951 jobs and an average wage of $49,243 per year.

reduced-scedc-factory-3Manufacturing also has a ripple effect across the local economy. Scott County manufacturers invested $14.5 million last year via expansions and new jobs. Every manufacturing job creates another 2.5 jobs in goods and services, and for every $1 invested in manufacturing, another $1.37 in additional value is created in other sectors. (Sources: MFGday.com and stats.Indiana.edu)

Despite the economic benefits, manufacturing companies continue to face a talent shortage. A 2015 Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Skills Gap study confirmed that six out of 10 skilled production positions are going unfilled. The skills gap is projected to grow over the next decade, resulting in 2 million jobs going unfilled which will have a negative impact on innovation, growth and profitability. That’s why Scott County is committed to developing a skilled workforce to support local manufacturers.

The Scott County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) has worked to bring more training opportunities to Scott County so that workers have the skills to succeed in manufacturing. Local residents have access to a number of training programs at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. Our goal is to train as many people as possible through partnerships with Scott County School Districts 1 and 2, Crothersville Community Schools, Ivy Tech, Indiana University Southeast and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.

In addition to the economic benefits, manufacturing improves our everyday life. Morgan Foods is one of the largest soup production facilities in the U.S. If you drive a Honda or a Subaru, there’s a good chance Austin Tri-Hawk made the structural supports in your vehicle. Ilpea Industries, Inc. likely makes your household chores a little easier by supplying gaskets, tubes and seals to manufacturers like General Electric and Frigidaire. You may not see Tokusen’s products, but you certainly count on them to be high quality. The facility makes metal wire for automobile tires, engines, electrical appliances and industrial equipment.

These are the reasons we pause each October to thank our manufacturers. We hope that Manufacturing Day also inspires the next generation to pursue rewarding careers in the industry. Please join us in celebrating manufacturing in Scott County!

Robert Peacock
Executive Director, SCEDC

P.S. Check the SCEDC Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages in October for more interesting facts about local manufacturers.

Mid-America Science Park Brings Higher Education to Scott County

An educated workforce is the foundation of a strong community, and where there is education there is opportunity. That’s why at the Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) we’ve worked hard to build strong relationships with educators throughout our region.

Ivy Tech Community College and IU Southeast offer classes at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. By conducting college level courses in Scott County, we help local residents pursue rewarding careers, earn nationally-recognized certificates and open doors with employers. With courses close to home, we also help alleviate some of the barriers to pursuing higher education like the cost of attending classes far from home, transportation challenges and time constraints.

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Ivy Tech’s technical courses in advanced manufacturing and welding are also of value to local employers, particularly manufacturers who are actively hiring workers with technical skills. Many of the students who complete industry certifications at MASPark land a job as soon as they graduate. Additionally, Ivy Tech offers evening courses in advanced manufacturing to give employers an opportunity to train current employees. These courses prepare students for Certified Production Technician testing through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

Beyond technical courses, Ivy Tech and IU Southeast offer classes in communications, English, technology and psychology. With increased participation, we can expand the number of courses offered and opportunities in Scott County. For more information:

Ivy Tech: Kristy Holsapple, 812-752-4327 or kholsapple5@ivytech.edu

IU Southeast: https://www.ius.edu/admissions/

Joe Pearson, Ed.D., Executive Director, Mid-America Science Park

 

RSVP for the Scott County Economic Update

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 5.39.58 PMThe Scott County Economic Development Corporation and Scott County Chamber of Commerce invite you to an economic update on Scott County and the region, presented by the Indiana Southeast School of Business. Dr. Uric Dufrene, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Sanders Chair in Business, will discuss recent economic data and forecasts for Scott County and how national trends are affecting the region.

There is no charge to attend. Please reserve your seat by Sept. 19. 

WHAT:
Scott County Economic Update

WHEN:
Thursday, Sept. 22
7:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. Presentation and Q&A

WHERE:
Mid-America Science Park
821 S. Lake Road South
Scottsburg, IN 47170

CLICK REGISTER HERE

Region 10 Adult Education Celebrates Successful Year with Graduation Ceremony

Modified Angela Graduation 2016-8Region 10 Adult Education held a graduation ceremony earlier this month at Jeffersonville High School to celebrate the close of another successful program year. With a total of 1,073 students enrolled, Region 10 awarded 249 High School Equivalency diplomas and helped 61 students enter post-secondary education. Several students pursued new career opportunities with a total of 366 gaining employment.

Adult Education classes are free and open to any adult who needs college and career readiness skills, assistance in passing the high school equivalency exam, or English language literacy skills. Students receive an individual learning plan, work at their own pace, and use a variety of learning tools, including computer-based and distance learning, to reach their goals.

Modified Angela Graduation 2016-12Adults can attend an Adult Education class, even if they already hold an HSE or high school diploma, to brush up on college and career readiness skills to advance to college, military, apprenticeships, certification training or a career. Region 10 Adult Education classes also administer the Accuplacer for entrance into Ivy Tech Community College.

More than 23,000 adults in Region 10 do not hold a high school diploma or equivalency. According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, a high school graduate earns about $7,000 more per year than a non-graduate. Classes are offered in Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties in Southern Indiana.

To enroll, please call 812-981-3777. Visit Region 10 Adult Education online at www.region10adulteducation.com

The Scott County Economic Development Corporation serves as the Region 10 Adult Education service provider and the fiscal agent. 

Scott County Economic Update to Be Held September 22 in Scottsburg

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 5.39.58 PMThe Scott County Economic Development Corporation and Scott County Chamber of Commerce invite you to an economic update on Scott County and the region, presented by the Indiana Southeast School of Business. Dr. Uric Dufrene, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Sanders Chair in Business, will discuss recent economic data and forecasts for Scott County and how national trends are affecting the region. 

There is no charge to attend. Please reserve your seat by Sept. 19. 

WHAT:
Scott County Economic Update

WHEN:
Thursday, Sept. 22
7:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. Presentation and Q&A

WHERE:
Mid-America Science Park
821 S. Lake Road South
Scottsburg, IN 47170

REGISTER HERE

Regional Business Expo in Scottsburg on August 24

The 2016 Regional Business Expo is a unique opportunity to promote your business with potential customers throughout Southern Indiana. Join us to meet and network with business leaders from around the region in one location. Three chambers are working together to bring you this exciting event:
· Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
· Scott County Chamber of Commerce
· Washington County Chamber of Commerce

The 2016 Regional Business Expo will be held at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, on Wednesday, August 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (View a map

Visit the Regional Business Expo on Facebook.

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Learn How to Manage Your Business with QuickBooks – Sept. 8 in Scottsburg

The Southeast ISBDC will be holding a QuickBooks Workshop at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg on Thursday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn everything you need to know to get your business up and running.

Register and learn more here: http://isbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/14283
The cost to attend is $99. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

This hands-on workshop will teach you the basics for using QuickBooks and is geared towards a user with no prior QuickBooks experience. Lunch is included. A computer will be provided and all materials will be available in electronic format. Workshop lessons include: Getting Started with QuickBooks; Setting up QuickBooks; Working with Lists; Working with Bank Accounts; Using other Accounts in QuickBooks; Entering Sales Information; Receiving Payments and Making Deposits; Entering and Paying Bills; and Analyzing Financial Data.

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