Sign-up Your Elementary or Middle School Student for Robotics in Scott County

With the new school year kicking off, the Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) would like to remind parents and teachers that now is a great time to get students enrolled in the VEX Robotics program at MASPark. VEX is a snap-together robotics system designed to offer young people an introduction to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

VEX Robotics at MASPark is open to all elementary and middle school students. Austin, Crothersville and Scottsburg schools currently have partnerships in place with MASPark and VEX Robotics for their students to participate. Other groups such as 4-H Clubs, churches and Boys & Girls Clubs are also encouraged to get involved. Parents and teachers are welcome to volunteer as well.

Robotics is a fun activity for students and their families, and children learn important lifelong skills at the same time. Last year, roughly 80 elementary and middle school students participated in robotics in Scott County on Monday afternoons. This year, the program is expanding to Monday and Wednesday afternoons, starting at 3:15 p.m. and wrapping up around 5 p.m.

Working together in teams of four to 10, students build robots and prepare for popular VEX competitions which range from local events to the annual world competition. Scott County families are fortunate to have many VEX competitions nearby. The first team competition will take place in Scottsburg at MASPark on Nov. 11, and the state tournament will also be held in Scottsburg in March 2018. The VEX World Championships take place every April in Louisville, Ky.

While the competitions are exciting, there’s more to robotics as shared on the VEX Robotics website:

“As the world grows more and more technologically advanced, there is constantly a greater need for engineers, scientists, and other technically-minded individuals. Unfortunately, at current rates, there are simply not enough students excited about engineering to meet the global demand. By its nature, the study of competitive robotics not only encompasses all four pillars of STEM education, but also encourages important skills like teamwork, communication, and project-based organization.”

If your child is interested in participating in VEX Robotics, please contact your school’s counselor. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the VEX Robotics program, please contact Ray Niehaus, director of innovation and technology at MASPark, by email rniehaus@maspark.org or by phone 812-752-9521 x1239.

Ivy Tech Hosting Open House in Scottsburg on August 9

Ivy Tech Community College will be hosting an open house at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg on Wednesday, August 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn more about courses offered in Scottsburg
  • Apply for admission
  • Register for Fall 2017
  • Get financial aid assistance
  • Tour the state-of-the-art welding training facility
  • Meet with Veterans Affairs

Classes start August 21!

If you have questions, please email Kristy Holsapple or call her at 812-752-4327.

Embrace technology to stay ahead; learn how at Indiana Chamber event in Scottsburg

How prepared are you? Will you advance or be left behind?

The Indiana Chamber is here to help with the formation of the Indiana Technology & Innovation Council.

Join the Indiana Chamber to discover how IoT, the Cloud, Data Security, SaaS, Big Data, IT Staffing, Tech Policy, Artificial Intelligence and other technology will affect the future of your business. Also, you will learn about the Indiana Chamber’s work with the newly formed Indiana Technology & Innovation Council, PLUS other new products, services and member benefits from the Indiana Chamber that you can begin to take advantage of now!

When:  Wednesday, August 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT (Registration begins at 11:15 a.m.)

Where:

Mid America Science Park
821 S Lake Rd S
Scottsburg, IN 47170

Cost:  FREE, lunch included (advance registration required)

RSVP:
Register online
Email Indiana Chamber Customer Service
Call the Indiana Chamber: (800) 824-6885

Now Hiring Scott County Brand Manager

Scott County Logo V4The LiveINScottCounty Initiative is looking for a passionate, talented candidate to fill the key position of Scott County Brand Manager. The ideal candidate will have a command of best practices and trends in all aspects of marketing, enjoy being creative and understand how to engage a digital audience. The Scott County Brand Manager will need to be a great relationship manager with the ability to sell, negotiate and align our goals with those of potential partners.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Make sure that all marketing communications promote the right message and maintain a good brand image for Scott County, Indiana.
  2. Provide service leadership related to marketing and communications of the LiveINScottCounty Initiative.
  3. Ensure that high quality services are delivered effectively, efficiently and consistently whether it is direct or indirect communications.
  4. Connect with influential media outlets and journalists to place stories about our community news and other initiatives.
  5. Create regular positive content to grow the LiveINScottCounty footprint (press releases, social media and website).
  6. Blog on an ongoing basis in support of the organization’s mission and attract site visitors through search, social and email subscribers.
  7. Build and manage social media profiles including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and potentially other channels.
  8. Create sharable content appropriate for specific networks to spread Scott County’s brand and content.
  9. Drive consistent, relevant traffic from social media channels.
  10. Other duties as assigned by the Board President.

Please submit your resume by May 24 to:

Email:
awalker@scottcountyin.com

Mail: 
Mid-America Science Park
Attn: Anita Walker
P.O. Box 156
Scottsburg, IN 47170

In-person: 
Mid-America Science Park (reception desk)
821 S. Lake Road South
Scottsburg, IN 47170

LiveINScottCounty provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, LiveINScottCounty complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

LiveINScottCounty expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of LiveINScottCounty’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair Set for May 18

Meet your next great hire! Registration is now open for employers who are interested in recruiting talented job seekers from across the region at the Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair on May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. Several packages are available, offering a variety of opportunities for employers:

ScottCo_CareerFair_logoStackedPlatinum Package – $1,200

A prime 16’x10’ space with electricity in the main hall, two tables and four chairs, four boxed lunches, your logo on all print and social media releases and a full-page ad in the event program.

Gold Package – $1,000

An 8’x10’ space with electricity in the main hall, one table and two chairs, two boxed lunches, and a ½ page ad in the event program.

Silver Package – $750

An 8’x10’ space with electricity, one table and two chairs, two boxed lunches, and a ¼ page ad in the event program.

Standard Package – $150

An 8’x10’ space (electricity not guaranteed), one table and two chairs, two boxed lunches, and a listing in the event program.

Employers may register by visiting www.NowHiringScottCounty.com or by contacting Anita Walker at (812) 752-7268.

The Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair will take place at the Mid-America Science Park on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The address is 821 S. Lake Road South, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170.

The Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair is sponsored by the City of Scottsburg, the Scott County Economic Development Corporation and the Mid-America Science Park.

Community Outreach Fair to be Held February 28

Several organizations from around Southern Indiana are coming together for a Community Outreach Fair on Tuesday, February 28, 1-3 p.m. This is a great opportunity to save time and the hassle of traveling to different locations. Participating organizations include:

  • Life Springs
  • Simmons College
  • Community Action of Southern Indiana
  • Education Matters Southern Indiana
  • Transformation Network
  • Family Health Centers of Southern Indiana
  • KentuckianaWorks College Access Center

The event will be held at The Reisz Center, 1613 East Spring Street, New Albany.

Hosted by Region 10 Adult Education and Scott County Economic Development Corporation. For more information, contact Region 10 Adult Ed at 812-981-3777.

Maverick Challenge Final Competition this Friday at Mid-America Science Park

Join us at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, at Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg for the Maverick Challenge Final Competition! The top two teams from Austin High School will be competing for a $500 award.

The Maverick Challenge is a high school business planning competition for students in Southern Indiana. The program aims to develop innovative spirit in the region by showing high school students viable career opportunities through entrepreneurship. More than 500 students and mentors have participated in The Maverick Challenge since 2008. (Source: MaverickChallenge.com)

The winning team from Austin will have a chance to win up to $5,000 at the regional competition on Saturday, March 4, in Columbus. More than $800 in prize money has been awarded in Scott County this year.

1st Place in Round 1: Michael Bissell, Gavin White, and Jordan Meadows. They won $200 for their company: Ceres’s Garden “Garden Like a God”.

1st Place in Round 1: Michael Bissell, Gavin White, and Jordan Meadows. They won $200 for their company: Ceres’s Garden “Garden Like a God”.

2nd Place in Round 1: Shelby Brooks, Adam Parker, and Chris Cowell. They won $100 for their company: Arbor Vitae “The Tree of Life”.

2nd Place in Round 1: Shelby Brooks, Adam Parker, and Chris Cowell. They won $100 for their company: Arbor Vitae “The Tree of Life”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Special Thank You to the Maverick Challenge Sponsors…
Genesis Plastics & Engineering, The New Washington State Bank, Mid America Science Park , The Scott County Economic Development Corporation, The Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce, The John Jones Auto Group and the Kiwanis Club. The program costs more than $3,000 and could not happen without sponsors!

And to the Judges…
Matt Carter, Kelly Dulaney and Ray Niehaus

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)