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

Good Things are Happening in Scott County!

Good things are happening in Scott County! That was the message at the Scott County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) Annual Meeting, held at the Mid-America Science Park in October. Approximately 100 guests heard from community leaders who shared exciting news about accomplishments, improvements and opportunities. Speakers included:

• Selena Dickerson, Regional HR Director, Multi-Color Corporation
• Mike Murry, Vice President, Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive
• Mike Everett, CEO, Scott Memorial Hospital
• Bob Anderson, Superintendent, Scott County School District 1
• Dr. Mark Slaton, Superintendent, Scott County School District 2
• Beth Pattison, Adult Regional Coordinator, Adult Basic Education
• Syd Whitlock, Regional President, Your Community Bank
• Robert Peacock, Executive Director, SCEDC

Syd Whitlock, Regional President, Your Community Bank and Robert Peacock, Executive Director, SCEDC.

Syd Whitlock, Regional President, Your Community Bank and Robert Peacock, Executive Director, SCEDC.

Key highlights from the event included:

Multi-Color Corporation will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary next year. The Scottsburg location is the largest profit center of the company’s 43 locations.
Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive is the #1 metal stamping facility for Subaru. Their $56 million expansion will add 100+ jobs and $2.3 million in expected payroll.
Scott Memorial Health is growing, contributing $150,000 annually to the local tax base. Since 2013, the hospital has invested more than $2 million in capital improvements.
SCSD1 will have 15 students graduating in 2015 with both an associate’s degree and a high school diploma thanks to a partnership with Ivy Tech. The District also had a student accepted into the School of Pharmacy at Bellarmine University, the youngest person ever admitted.
SCSD2 is also focused on educating students to be the best they can be via a digital teaching and learning environment. The District is offering 109 dual credit hours in 2015, saving students and their families $2,443,481 in higher education expenses.
• Funding for Region 10 Adult Basic Education has doubled to over $1 million since the SCEDC started serving as the fiscal agent. Since 2011, 80 adults in Scott County have earned a high school equivalency diploma and nine adults have passed Accuplacer to enter Ivy Tech Community College.
Your Community Bank is hearing great news from many of its customers who are having their best years. Commercial and small business lending is up 54%, with the number of loans increasing by 21%. Growth includes new projects, expansions/renovations and acquisitions.

To view the SCEDC Annual Meeting presentation and video, please click here.

Region 10 Adult Education Graduation to be Held on August 7

Dear Community Leaders and Friends:

You are cordially invited to attend the Region 10 (Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington counties) Adult Education/High School Equivalency graduation ceremony on August 7, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., in the Jeffersonville High School Auditorium, 2315 Allison Lane, Jeffersonville, Indiana.

A reception, sponsored by the New Albany Altrusa Club and Ivy Tech Community College, will be held in the school cafeteria immediately following the ceremony.

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The mission of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Division of Adult Education, is to ensure delivery of foundational skills development, career pathways, and academic and career counseling services to adults and out-of-school youth for the purposes of employment, reemployment, or enhanced employment. This includes preparing adults without a high school diploma to take the HSE test.

Earning a High School Equivalency (HSE) is a rewarding accomplishment that will benefit these adults for the rest of their lives and will greatly impact the economic development of our region, as more people will be qualified for the workforce. They now have many new options opened up for them such as continuing with post-secondary education, skills training, WorkINdiana certification programs, finding new employment, maintaining their current employment, or gaining the ability to move forward on a career pathway.

As of today, 320 Adult Education students in Region 10 have earned their High School Equivalency Diploma since July 1, 2014, and results from year-end testing are still in process. Adult education receives performance-based funding, and Region 10 continues to be a leader in the state in adult education performance measures.

Our success is due to many factors, such as motivated adult students, caring and qualified teachers and administrators, online learning tools and assessments, targeted professional development, expert fiscal management (The Scott County Economic Development Corporation), and strong community partnerships with organizations and businesses who see the value in raising the level of educational attainment of our citizens and workforce.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate with these adults and hear a few of their success stories. Most of them have overcome great obstacles in their lives to reach this accomplishment, which is one positive step toward a more successful life for them and for their families.

We will have a special section for our special guests down near the stage, so if you come, please sit there where we can easily introduce you to our audience.


Beth Pattison & Angela Kirlin

Beth Pattison
Adult Education Coordinator, Regions 9 and 10
Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Angela Kirlin
Region 10 Adult Education Director

The Scott County Economic Development Corporation manages the Region 10 Adult Education Program from the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. The program, recognized as one of the top adult education efforts in the state, helps improve workforce quality in Southern Indiana. 

Entry Welder Training Available this Summer at MASPark

Get trained to work in the welding industry. WorkINdiana allows you to earn an Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma and American Welding Society (AWS) certification at the same time to give you the boost you need to become an Entry Welder.

Welding InstituteWHY: An Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma alone may not be enough for your career. Employers are looking to hire people with experience AND training. You could earn up to $36,860 per year working as an Entry Welder!

WHERE: Ivy Tech Welding Institute at the Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Road South, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170.

WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays, May 4 – July 8, 2015. 6:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. 80 Hours, 10 Weeks.

HOW: Contact your Adult Education Instructor, Transition Specialist, or call 812-981-3777.

MORE INFORMATION: Please click the image below to view the program flyer.

Ivy Tech Welding Flyer









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