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

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. 

Scott County Economic Update

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

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


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.


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:
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.


Professional Women’s Network Luncheon in Scottsburg on July 27 – It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know

Don’t miss the Professional Women’s Network Luncheon on July 27!

Don’t miss the Professional Women’s Network Luncheon on July 27!

Make new connections at the next Professional Women’s Network Luncheon on July 27, featuring Wendy Dant Chesser. Wendy is the president and CEO of One Southern Indiana. She’ll be sharing networking best practices and how to make it work for anyone. Join us at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg.

“It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know”

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

COST: $15 per person

RSVP: or (812) 416-0373 (call or text)

Lunch and door prizes sponsored by Scottsburg Family Dentistry.

White Belt training returning to Scott County on July 22

Are you ready to improve your daily processes? Continuous improvement is integral to success in all types of organizations. In many areas of business and industry, today’s workforce needs to be equipped in the basic tools of quality assurance, problem solving, understanding customer relations, project team work and eliminating waste.

Ready to improve your daily processes? Ivy Tech is offering a free White Belt training course in Scottsburg.

Ready to improve your daily processes? Ivy Tech is offering a free White Belt training course in Scottsburg.

Ivy Tech Community College is offering a free White Belt training course to help participants attain valuable skills in continuous improvement. The skills and knowledge attained by completing the White Belt training class will be utilized in a business setting, healthcare, manufacturing and many other industries.

Ivy Tech’s Certified Quality Trainers will teach this eight hour noncredit workshop. The final exam is a 30 minute test and will be administered at the end of the session. Training will be held on July 22, at the Mid-America Science Park from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Presentation Hall.

* Training is provided through Ivy Tech Community College at no cost to participants.


This training is held in partnership with the Mid-America Science Park, the Scott County Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce.

Adult Education Students Learn about Career Opportunities in Trucking Industry

The Adult Education program in Region 10 serving Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington counties hosted a free one-hour truck driver seminar on May 23 at the Reisz Center in New Albany. Zachary Hebert with Truck Driver Institute and David Stephany with Werner Enterprises met with a group of 10 former and current adult education students to explain training and employment opportunities in the trucking industry.

Truck on highwayTDI (Truck Driver Institute) is located in Sellersburg and they train for over 25 nationwide carriers, including Werner Enterprises. TDI has a full-time student services department, offers job placement assistance, tuition assistance, and participates in the Post 9/11 Veterans Administration Program.

Werner Enterprises is the fourth largest trucking company in the U.S. and was founded in 1956. Their trucks travel 3 million miles per business day, employ 1350 professional drivers, with up to 70% of their drivers arriving home at least weekly.

Truck driving is listed ninth in the top 20 job listings by number of openings in the April Hoosiers By the Numbers Labor Market Review from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Adult Education students are especially interested in a career in truck driving due to the short certification training time and the high wage benefits. According to the Department of Workforce Development, the median hour wage is $18.93.

TDI offers a three-week certification program in CDL-A for men and women 21 years of age and older. The course includes classroom, range driving, and on the road training. Werner Enterprises hires adults with the CDL certification and offers numerous benefits, including tuition reimbursement, a veteran apprenticeship program, health insurance, and a retirement plan.

Wendy McDaniel, Adult Education Transition Specialist, said, “We appreciate representatives from the training provider and the employer taking time to meet with adult education students who want to increase their educational attainment, become trained, and start a career in this industry. Our students enjoyed learning about career opportunities and the high wages offered in transportation, and many will pursue this further.”

Adult Education classes are free to adults who are interested in receiving college and career-readiness skills, passing Accuplacer for entrance into Ivy Tech, learning English acquisition skills, or obtaining an Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma. To enroll in an adult education class in the six-county region, call 812-981-3777. The website is

Career Fair Connects Scott County Employers with 200+ Job Seekers

More than 30 employers from Scott County and surrounding areas participated in the second annual Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair at the Mid-America Science Park on May 18. The event drew more than 200 job seekers from the area. Employers included manufacturers, health care providers, staffing agencies and more, and all were actively recruiting for open positions.

IMG_5348“The success of the career fair is a sign that the economy is thriving,” said Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham. “There are many job opportunities with local employers, and we have some of the best manufacturers in the world.”

Selena Dickerson, a member of the career fair steering committee and regional human resources manager at Multi-Color Corporation, participated in the event to recruit for manufacturing positions. “We had several inquiries and talked to a number of skilled candidates,” she shared. “ There’s a lot of opportunity in Scott County for people who want to work locally and earn a good living.”

Austin Tri-Hawk was at the career fair recruiting for all manufacturing positions, as well as tool and die makers and robotics/PLC technicians. “We distributed several applications and received a lot of resumes,” said Safety Administrator Tina Rice. “Bringing employers together at the career fair gives job seekers an opportunity to talk to several hiring managers in a more casual, relaxed setting. There’s less pressure on the job seekers, and they can bring along friends and family for support.”

Samtec, recently named a Top 15 U.S. Employer in manufacturing and production by Fortune Magazine, was a platinum sponsor of the Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair. “We participate because we want to get to know the community and better understand the local workforce,” said Craig Mull, plant manager for Samtec Scottsburg. “We had several great applicants come through. The format was great, and the Mid-America Science Park staff is always accommodating. The mentor program with the high school students was a big help in getting them prepared to meet with employers. We look forward to being a part of the career fair every year.”

For more on the Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair, please visit Employers are encouraged to share open positions and hiring announcements throughout the year on the Now Hiring – Scott County Facebook page.

What is the High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma?

By Angela Kirlin, Region 10 Adult Education Director

The High School Equivalency (HSE) is an alternative for earning a high school diploma. The HSE Diploma can be earned after completing a test based on five subject areas including Math, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies.

In 2014, the high school equivalency tests were scheduled to begin gradually increasing in rigor to help students and educators stay focused on fundamentals while increasing the level of knowledge required for a high school level diploma. The High School Equivalency (HSE) is the test students take in Indiana to earn the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma, issued by the state. The HSE is the test that replaced the GED (General Education Development) in Indiana in January 2014.

Who can take the HSE exam?

  • Anyone living in Indiana for a minimum of 30 days before taking the test.
  • Those who have not already earned a diploma from an accredited high school in the U.S.
  • Students who are no longer enrolled in school and are at least 16 years of age.

How can a person prepare to pass the HSE exam?

How much does it cost to take the HSE exam?

  • $90 which includes all five parts of the test, test scoring, transcripts and diploma.
  • Scholarship funds may be available in some areas to help students offset the cost of the exam.

Adult Education classes are designed to assess an adult student to determine an individual learning plan as well as a career pathway if needed. Learners are allowed to study at their own rate, and they focus on their weakest subjects. As they master one level, they move up to the next level until they demonstrate their readiness to pass the HSE. Students can even work on their own time at home when class is not in session. The instructors are trained to help the adult learners reach their academic and career goals. Math specialists work one-on-one with students who are challenged by the higher level math skills that are required to pass the HSE.

Even after passing the HSE or even after receiving a high school diploma, adults can attend an adult education class to brush up on college and career readiness skills to advance to college, military, apprenticeships, certification training, or a career. Adult Education classes offer numerous online and study materials and administer the Accuplacer for entrance into Ivy Tech Community College.

Angela Kirlin, Region 10 Adult Education Director

Angela Kirlin, Region 10 Adult Education Director

The program employs transition specialists who assist students in making career choices. Adult Education also refers students to various community agencies and resources to assist them in reaching their academic and career goals. WorkOne, Goodwill Southern Indiana, literacy programs, KentuckianaWorks College Access Center, Hope Southern Indiana, the New Albany Housing Authority, the Scott County Partnership, and Vocational Rehabilitation are some of the partnering agencies with Adult Education in Region 10.

As the Adult Education Director for Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties, I invite all adults who are interested in increasing their educational attainment and employment opportunities to call now to come back to school. It is never too late to learn.

Angela Kirlin is the Adult Education Director for the Scott County Economic Development Corporation, serving Economic Growth Region 10 including Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties.

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

WorkOne to Host Regional Job Fair on April 19


WorkOne Southern Indiana will host a Regional Job Fair on Tuesday, April 19, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the WorkOne Center located at 2125 State Street, Ste. #16, New Albany.

Over sixty regional companies, recruiting for in excess of a two thousand great positions, will participate in the event. A variety of employment sectors will be represented, including manufacturing, logistics, transportation, healthcare, marketing and hospitality, to name a few. Positions and wages range from entry-level to professional levels.

Job seekers attending the hiring event are encouraged to bring several resumes, dress professionally, and be prepared to discuss employment opportunities with employers.

For more information, please contact WorkOne at 812-948-6102 or visit