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.

Dual-Credit Programs at MASPark Strengthen Scott County Workforce

The school year is nearing its end, meaning a select group of Austin and Scottsburg High School seniors will not only be graduating high school, but they will also be completing collegiate courses thanks to a dual-credit program offered by Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. Students who were a part of the Advanced Manufacturing (ADMF 101 and 102) and Welding (WELD 108 and 206) classes were able to spend a portion of their school day at Mid-America Science Park for the last two semesters.

“Being able to teach Advanced Manufacturing at MASPark has been very beneficial,” said Kyle Mullins, Advanced Manufacturing instructor. “The setting exposes students to what it is like to work in a more industrial environment. It also brings light to the fact that this is an adult learning environment.”

Welding InstituteStudents from Scottsburg High School and Austin High School had the opportunity to gain six college credits as well as four certifications from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council including Safety, Quality Practices Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production and Maintenance Awareness.

This additional training provides students with skill sets that most other graduates do not have and strengthens the quality of the Scott County workforce. The course subjects are specifically aligned to meet the talent needs of regional employers. According to Mullins, the students have taken the courses very seriously and are all excelling.

“Indiana is a manufacturing state and as manufacturing grows, so does our economy,” said Mullins. “These students are building technical skills necessary to make them competitive at a very early stage. I’m hopeful that many will stay in our community and make it a better place for everyone.”

The program, which was two semesters this year, will evolve into a four-semester program beginning in the fall. According to Mullins, this will allow students more time to have a greater amount of practical application.

For more information on training and workforce development opportunities at MASPark, please call (812) 752-9521 x1225 or visit maspark.org.