Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Visits Scott County

Secretary of Career Connections Highlights Programs for Hoosier Workers and Employers

On October 25, Governor Holcomb’s first-appointed Secretary for Career Connections and Talent, Blair Milo, visited with Scott County stakeholders at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, Ind., to discuss changes in the economy and workforce and implementing solutions for Hoosier students, workers and employers.

Developing a 21st Century skilled and ready workforce is one of five pillars in Governor Holcomb’s agenda to take Indiana to the Next Level as over a million job openings are expected over the next ten years.

To build a 21st Century workforce, Hoosier education and workforce systems must be aligned to:

  • Provide every Hoosier student with an effective baseline education infused with STEM, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and other attributes that prepare them for lifelong learning
  • Ensure students graduate high school ready to go to college, pursue meaningful training and employment in a field of their choice, and/or with the skills to go directly into a quality job
  • Connect working age adults to education and career training that is aligned to industry needs and leads directly to employment

“The nature of work across all industries is changing faster than ever before due to new technology, global connectedness, an aging workforce and many other worldwide trends.  Collaboration between families, industry, education, and community has never been more critical to ensure equal opportunity for a successful career keeps pace with the rate of change,” said Secretary Milo.

Secretary Milo is connecting with local and regional leaders across the state to grow alignment and collaboration tailored to community needs. During her visit, Secretary Milo discussed the following:

  • Reviewed a county-wide snapshot with the most recent county-specific data displaying: current job vacancies by industry with associated wages and educational requirement; future job demand forecasts; and county demographics including self-sufficiency wages and labor force trends.
  • Identified state, regional and local assets to assist with improving career connections and closing current gaps.
  • Identified what’s working well and what changes could/should be pursued to inform a regionally or locally driven talent pipeline.

Ivy Tech Hosting FREE Cookout at MASPark on July 18

If you’re thinking about going to Ivy Tech, this is one summer event you don’t want to miss! On July 18, noon to 2:30, Ivy Tech is hosting a cookout at the Mid-America Science Park. Learn about all the great Ivy Tech programs while enjoying free burgers, hot dogs and sides!!

Ivy Tech admissions representatives will be onsite to help you apply, schedule a campus tour and discuss tuition reimbursement & payment options. Whether you’re ready to apply or just have a few questions, we hope to see you there!

The Mid-America Science Park is located at 821 South Lake Road South in Scottsburg. If you have questions, please contact Chanda Rodski, director of admissions, at 812-248-4255 or crodski@ivytech.edu.

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.

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.