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.

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.

Work Ready in Scott County – Scottsburg High School Students Excel in Welding & Advanced Manufacturing Training

This is the first article in a two-part series on workforce development programs available to high school students in Scott County in partnership with the City of Scottsburg, the Scott County Economic Development Corporation and the Mid-America Science Park. 


In December, 83% of Mullins’ students earned their MSSC Safety Certificate. This is the highest pass rate since initiating the advanced manufacturing program at MASPark, and it exceeds the average pass rate in Indiana.

They haven’t entered the workforce yet, but a number of Scottsburg High School students are taking steps now to ensure their success in the future. Their school days start just like any other, but by mid-morning they are on their way to the Mid-America Science Park to learn skills they can apply in today’s advanced manufacturing and welding fields.

This style of learning may be unfamiliar to parents, and it’s certainly not the same manufacturing people were talking about 30 years ago. These students are engaging in highly skilled training using the latest technology, and it’s a smart move for those motivated to graduate a step ahead of their peers. They will graduate career-ready. Or, if they choose to pursue a two- or four-year degree, these courses are offered as dual-credit opportunities via Ivy Tech and can be applied toward a degree.

Kyle Mullins, the career and technical education teacher at Scottsburg High School, leads the dual-credit program and starts with students as freshman in an introduction to engineering class. From there, they can spend their sophomore and junior years earning industry certifications from the American Welding Society (AWS) and Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). By their senior year, they are positioned to earn advanced certificates or ideally, complete an internship with a local employer.

There are currently 18 Scottsburg High School students enrolled in welding and 12 in advanced manufacturing. “Our students are digital natives. They’ve grown up with technology, and it’s familiar to them,” said Mullins. “Today’s manufacturing environment allows them to use those skills and that passion for gainful employment and a successful career.”

In December, 83% of Mullins’ students earned their MSSC Safety Certificate. This is the highest pass rate since initiating the advanced manufacturing program at MASPark, and it exceeds the average pass rate in Indiana.

Mullins’ visionary approach relies heavily on industry feedback to ensure he is structuring his curriculum to address the skills gap in manufacturing and related positions, particularly among local employers. Mullins is also working hard to build relationships with local manufacturers to secure more internship and job shadowing opportunities for his students.

If you are an employer interested in offering welding or advanced manufacturing internships, please contact Kyle Mullins at (812) 752-8927 x7134. 

Kyle Mullins is from Charlestown, Ind., and earned a degree at Purdue University in engineering and technology education. In addition to his teaching position, he is the head football coach at Scottsburg High School. 

Dual-credit courses for Scottsburg High School students began at MASPark in 2013. The program has expanded to include Austin and Crothersville High Schools, which will be the focus of the second article in this series. The Scottsburg Redevelopment Commission recently approved funding for CNC machining equipment that will allow students to train with equipment used in the field. 

SCEDC Annual Meeting – Good Things Are Happening in Scott County!

Thank you to everyone who attended the SCEDC Annual Meeting! We had a wonderful evening and heard from an excellent panel of speakers about the many good things that are happening in Scott County. The following community leaders participated in the program, and their presentations can be found below:

View the presentation here:

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We also shared a video highlighting economic and workforce development success in Scott County:

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The SCEDC team is dedicated to assisting businesses, educators and other community partners throughout Scott County. Contact us learn more about the good things happening in Scott County!


Scott County School District 2 Receives Works Council Grant

Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Regional Works Council announced this week that Scott County School District 2 is a 2015 Innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum Grant recipient. SCSD2 is one of eight school districts in the state selected in a second round of grant funding, provided by the Indiana General Assembly, that targets new learning opportunities at the regional level with collaborations between local business and education partners.

SCSD2 GrantSCSD2 developed the grant proposal in conjunction with the Region 10 Works Council and the Scott County Economic Development Corporation. The grants are designed to encourage innovative and collaborative career and technical training opportunities for Hoosier students in key sectors of Indiana’s state and regional economies. These sectors include agriculture, advanced manufacturing, energy, automotive, construction, precision machining, robotics and welding.

“The ability to get students on track to not only graduate, but also to be career ready when they graduate is a huge benefit to the students and our community,” said Dr. Marc Slaton, SCSD2 Superintendent. “We work closely with employers throughout the region to prepare our students for rewarding careers.”

The SCSD2 pilot program brings together advanced manufacturing and welding with work-based learning experiences, and incorporates a new Work Ethic Certification developed by local school superintendents with the support of more than 60 area employers. Students will have the unique opportunity to train with the latest in advanced manufacturing and welding equipment at the Mid-America Science Park. Key partners include Amatrol, Mid-America Science Park, Ivy Tech, the Mayor of Scottsburg and Prosser.

“Scott County School District 2 takes a progressive approach to education to ensure that their students have every opportunity for success,” said Mayor Bill Graham, City of Scottsburg. “This grant is a testament to their dedication and the support of a strong business community in Scottsburg.”

The goal of the grant program is to foster and scale the most innovative and effective CTE curriculum models. These models require a 3:1 ratio of grant funding to private investment match. The total available grant funding allocated to SCSD2 is $137,606 with $62,652 in private matching funds.

The SCSD2 program will start this fall with 52 enrolled students. They will earn certifications and dual credits, supplemented by job shadowing and a minimum 15-hour internship in both advanced manufacturing and welding programs.

The Indiana Works Councils bring together more than 160 educational, workforce and business and industry leaders to evaluate local landscapes for educational programming, business needs and potential skills gaps. The General Assembly created the Works Councils in 2013 at the request of Gov. Mike Pence to further technical training options and provide students with opportunities for success whether they want to go to college, learn a trade or start their career right out of high school.


Scott County School District 2 is one of the premier school systems in Southern Indiana, featuring some of the top rated schools in the state. SCSD2 schools offer opportunities for students to collaborate and excel academically in a tech-rich environment. Visit www.choosescott2.com to learn more.

The Region 10 Works Council includes Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties.