Mid-America Science Park to hold Open House on Dec. 6

Learn more about training and workforce development opportunities available in Scott County.

The Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 3 to 6 p.m., to showcase new training classrooms, equipment and convening areas. The focus will be to highlight new training and workforce development opportunities available to students and residents in Scott County. Everyone is invited to attend, and particularly anyone interested in training for a new career, entering the job market soon, starting a new business or learning more about programs available to elementary, middle and high school students.

MASPark offers training for careers in advanced manufacturing and welding, giving high school students and workers an opportunity to earn valuable workforce skills and industry certifications for higher paying employment. Additionally, elementary, middle and high school students have an opportunity to participate in exploratory programs at MASPark that introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles, preparing them for future careers. MASPark also offers free business counseling and inventor group meetings to entrepreneurs looking to take their ideas to market.

The open house will give the public an opportunity to experience firsthand why MASPark is considered one of the most technologically-advanced training facilities in the region. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the following:

  • New CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) training equipment. CNC machines are used in a wide range of manufacturing environments, from automotive to energy to aerospace and defense.
  • 3D printers and high-resolution engravers & cutters used for manufacturing training classes, including viewing recent student projects produced on this equipment.
  • The welding lab and a unique virtual welding system available to prepare and certify trainees with nationally-recognized American Welding Society certifications.
  • A forklift simulator that accelerates training and learning with a real driving experience for workers employed by area manufacturers.
  • Industrial training robots used in advanced manufacturing and programming classes for today and tomorrow’s automated manufacturing, plus a worldwide recognized robotics training program for young people in elementary and middle school.
  • Free business consulting and services for local entrepreneurs wanting to create their own new business.

The open house will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Road South in Scottsburg. Light refreshments will be served. Visit the Mid-America Science Park online at www.maspark.org.

Robotics competition will bring large crowd to Scottsburg on Nov. 11

The first student VEX-IQ Robotics team competition of the 2017-2018 season will take place at the Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) in Scottsburg on Saturday, Nov. 11. Approximately 700 people are expected to attend this regional event. Local restaurants and retailers are asked to plan accordingly.

VEX – IQ Robotics is a worldwide recognized robotic program designed to offer young people an introduction to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Thirty teams from schools around Southern Indiana will be competing in the robotics event on Nov. 11 in Scottsburg. Austin, Crothersville and Scottsburg schools currently have 15 teams in place with MASPark and VEX Robotics for their students to participate.  All local school teams will be participating in the event.

The VEX – IQ event starts at 10 a.m. and will run until about 4:30 p.m. Parents and students who are competing should plan to be at the Mid-America Science Park by 7:30 a.m. The Mid-America Science Park is located at 821 South Lake Road South, Scottsburg, IN 47170.

Students compete in teams of four to 10. Part of the contest requires the teams to compete against each other; however, some of the competition compels the two teams to work together as an alliance to score points.

While robotics is a fun activity for students and their families, the students learn important educational and training skills that prepare them for tomorrow’s manufacturing jobs where they must be able to program and operate robotic equipment. This student experience, in partnership with local schools, provides an excellent educational advantage to local students as they continue their future education or compete for high-paying jobs in today’s manufacturing workplace.

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.

The VEX Robotics World Championship is held every April in Louisville, Ky. Nearly 50 countries participated in 2016.

Learn More about Scottsburg’s Downtown Revitalization Plan on Nov. 8

The City of Scottsburg is currently working on a Downtown Revitalization Master Plan that will identify goals, policies and action steps to guide development and growth over the next 20 years. The public is invited to learn more at an open house on November 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at City Hall.

Active Shooter Training in Scott County

What would your company do in the event of an active shooter?

The Scott County Economic Development Corporation and Mid-America Science Park will be hosting an Active Shooter Training on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. The training will be conducted by Sergeant Matt Marshall of the Indiana State Police.

Who should attend:
• Managers and Business Owners
• School Administrators, Teachers, and Support Personnel
• Facility & Building Supervisors
• Hospital Administrators and Management Staff
• Event Planners
• Government Leaders and Office Employees

When:
Tuesday, October 17, 8-10 a.m.

Where:
Mid-America Science Park, Presentation Hall
821 South Lake Road South, Scottsburg, IN 47170

This is a FREE event. Registration is not required.

Scott County Aims to Attract, Recruit and Retain Talent

There are many wonderful things about living in Scott County, Indiana, and a local group of community leaders aims to bring greater awareness to our thriving community and the opportunities available here. Working together over the past nine months, the group has organized an exciting new initiative known as Live IN Scott County with a goal of attracting, recruiting and retaining talented people in Scott County.

Anthony and Cara Maraman were looking for a place where they could have enough land to have a family farm without breaking the budget and a place where they could send their children to one of the top school systems in the region. They found it in Scott County.

The initiative was prompted by the tremendous growth opportunity afforded by the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project. The new bridges are expected to generate $87 billion in economic impact in the next 30 years*, creating an excellent opportunity to attract more residents to Scott County.

In September, a new website was launched at www.LiveINScottCounty.com to share the benefits of living, working and learning in Scott County. The website includes information about the community as well as stories about people and families who enjoy living and working here. The initiative can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you have a story idea for the website, please email stories@liveinscottcounty.com.

Live IN Scott County is a 501c3 organization currently funded by the Scottsburg Redevelopment Commission. The Scott County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) acts as the fiscal agent. The initiative is guided by an advisory board made up of individuals representing organizations that have an interest in supporting the Live IN Scott County mission. The advisory board is led by an executive committee that includes:

  • President – Craig Mull, Plant Manager, Samtec
  • Vice President – Chris Routt, Principal, Johnson Elementary School
  • Treasurer – Anita Walker, Deputy Director, Scott County Economic Development Corporation
  • Secretary – Jessica Jones (non-voting member), Administrative Assistant, City of Scottsburg – Office of the Mayor

Two talented Scott County residents have been hired to manage marketing efforts. Sara Denhart and Stephen Carey will be working diligently behind the scenes to ensure the Live IN Scott County initiative is a success. Sara will be writing stories for the blog and Stephen will be managing the website and social media channels.

If your organization is interested in getting involved or supporting the Live IN Scott County initiative, please contact Anita Walker at awalker@scottcountyin.com.

* SOURCE: http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/34287068/business-leaders-bridges-and-i-69-impact-exceeding-expectations (January 18, 2017)

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.