On Friday, October 2nd, Middle and High School Guidance Counselors from throughout Region 7, Workone Employment Advisors, representatives from Ivy Tech as well as other regional dignitaries participated in Manufacturing Day 2015. Established in 2011, National Manufacturing Day is held annually on the first Friday in October. As noted on the Manufacturing Day website, "Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers."
The day began at Bemis with a Manufacturing Day Proclamation by Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett. The Bemis staff welcomed guests with an overview of their company and then provided a tour of their facility where they produce plastic film.
The group then traveled to Novelis where they enjoyed lunch and a presentation by Novelis and a tour of their facility and how they manufacture aluminum for various industries. Conexus provided an overview of logistics in Indiana which includes waterways, roads, rail and air transportation.
The last stop of the day was at Taghleef. During the tour and presentation, the group learned about the different types of plastics that Taghleef manufactures.
At each manufacturer, in addition to learning about the manufacturers specific product, the Counselors learned some common themes in modern manufacturing:
Safety - Each presentation began with the importance of safety in manufacturing.
Recycling - All of the facilities highlighted how they reduce waste and cost through recycling.
Technical Skills - These manufacturers need workers with technical skills to monitor the various processes and make adjustments when needed.
Teamwork - Many manufacturers such as the ones visited utilize team concepts to operate their facilities. Successful teams depend on having members who are able to work together to solve problems.
Everyone learned a great deal about local manufacturing opportunities that they will be able to share with their students and clients.
Thank you to everyone who made Manufacturing Day 2015 a huge success!
Recently WorkOne Staff participated in College and Career Days for local High School Students.
Clay Community Schools
In Clay County, the recently formed Career Success Coalition partnered with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce to host a College and Career Fair for Clay Community School Students.
The event was held at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Approximately 600 Juniors and Seniors from Clay City and Northview High Schools attended the event.
With over 20 exhibitors, the students were able to discuss career opportunities with local Colleges, area employers as well as all branches of the Armed Forces.
Students who visited the WorkOne table were provided with information about WorkOne Services available to them.
South Vermillion High School
At South Vermillion High School, Seniors were able to schedule individual interviews. Students meeting with WorkOne staff were provided with information about all of the WorkOne services available to them.
The Terre Haute South JAG program recently completed an act of caring and show of school/community support. The students designed and sold memorial wristbands to help offset funeral and related expenses of the families of two Terre Haute South students, one a fellow JAG student, who passed away in a recent accident. All proceeds were donated to the families of these two students.
As the school year winds down, our JAG students have continued to be busy supporting their communities.
Clay County Veteran's Picnic:
In Brazil, the JAG Students from Northview and Cumberland Academy hosted a free picnic for Clay County Veterans.
Click here to view additional pictures from the event.
Shake it Off:
In Vigo County, Terre Haute North JAG Students participated in Hamilton Center's Shake it Off Event to promote mental health awareness.
H & R Block Challenge:
Our Sullivan JAG students recently participated in the H&R Block Budget Challenge. The students competed in a challenge that featured a simulated budget. Students had to stick to a schedule, create a budget and log on complete various tasks such as paying bills on time and saving for retirement
By finishing in the Top 25 out of thousands of schools nationwide the school received a $5,000 award!
Congratulations to the Sullivan JAG Students on a job well done!
This spring, the JAG students at Terre Haute North High School have been busy.
In March, they were visited by Rebecca Blankenship-Moore from CODA (Council on Domestic Abuse) http://codaterrehaute.org/ .
Mrs. Blankenship-Moore discussed the importance of the organization and how CODA helps the members of our community. The group also talked about the potential negative aspects of social media. They learned about cyber bullying and techniques they could use to avoid it. Finally, the students discussed potential careers with CODA and what
For Easter, the students assembled Easter baskets that they delivered to the children who are currently living in the CODA facility.
In addition to the local issues of domestic violence, the students have also recently learned about the problem of human trafficking. To help raise awareness of this terrible practice, the students sold bracelets and presented a $200 check to Hope For Justice (www.hopeforjustice.org)
Another job well done by Terre Haute North JAG!
On Thursday March 12, students from North Vermillion, South Vermillion, Rockville, Riverton Parke and Turkey Run High Schools attended Apprenticeship Day.
The Event was held at the Parke County Fairgrounds in Rockville. Students met with representatives of local trade unions such as:
The representatives provided the students with information about the careers available in these fields as well as the requirements for entering their apprenticeship programs.
WorkOne Business Team representatives attended the event as well. We provided students with information about WorkKeys testing which the local Unions utilize as part of their hiring process as well as discussing other services available through WorkOne.
Throughout the school year, the JAG classes in our area learn the skills they need to compete in today’s workforce. On Friday, January 16th, they got to put those skills to the test.
Over 100 JAG Students from Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan and Vigo Counties gathered on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College to participate in the 4th annual Career Development Conference.
The students displayed their skills in a variety of competitions designed to highlight what they have learned. The competitors got to meet with local Employers and Community Leaders, who volunteered to participate as judges for the events.
In addition to the competition, the students enjoyed lunch from Casey’s and listened to presentations from Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University about programs available to the students after they complete High School.
Those students who finished in First Place will get to compete at the State JAG Conference in March.
Congratulations to everyone who competed and good luck at the State Finals!
JAG Career Development Conference Results
1st Place Austin Hume Sullivan
2nd Place Ashley Branch TH North
3rd Place Austin Lyttle TH South
1st Place Mara Stewart TH North
2nd Place Quinton Steward TH South
3rd Place Sydney Drake Sullivan
1st Place Jodie Pilkington TH North
2nd Place Evan Norton TH South
3rd Place Braelyn Wence Sullivan
1st Place Cordell Majors TH South
2nd Place Caleb Crowe Greencastle
3rd Place Courtney Branson Northview
1st Place Charlotte Pharr Northview
2nd Place Kimberly Bracken TH North
3rd Place Montae Shepard TH South
1st Place Kaitlyn Adams-Taylor TH South
2nd Place Michael Hoffman TH North
3rd Place Michael Watt TH South
1st Place Jacob Bogard Sullivan
2nd Place Nathan Morgan Sullivan
3rd Place Herman Shouse III TH South
1st Place Markie Vaughn Sullivan
2nd Place Cree Burris TH North
1st Place Terre Haute North TH North
2nd Place Terre Haute South TH South
3rd Place Northview Northview
3rd Place Tie Sullivan Sullivan
1st Place Samantha Porras Sullivan
2nd Place Samuel Grant TH North
3rd Place Myranda Rutledge TH South
Click here to view pictures from the event
Thank you to:
The fall is full of celebrations. For our local JAG students it is time to celebrate the start of a new year as each Career Association selects its officers for the coming year. Ceremonies introducing new officers were held for all of the JAG groups in our region. The JAG officers play an important role in the leadership of the program. Each Career Association selects the officers/roles that best suit their specific Association.
Please join us in welcoming this year’s officers
JAG Officers for 2014-2015
Greencastle High School
President – Caleb Crowe
Vice President – Abigail Manionr
Secretary – Dylan Price
Treasurer - Austin Manion
Northview High School / Cumberland Academy
President - Charlotte Pharr
Vice President of Career and Leadership Development - Courtney Branson
Vice President of Civic Awareness and Community Service - Alex Swaim
Press Officer - Rachael Cather
Financial Officer - Ashley Stevens
Secretary - Katie Smith
President: Billy Wheatfill
Vice President Projects: Bryce Barnes
Vice President Publicity: Bobbie Roskovensky
Vice President Leadership: Josh Mayberry
Secretary: Jayson Johnston
Treasurer: Brea Ross
South Putnam High School:
President/Secretary - Aaron Cole
Vice President/Treasurer – Jake Lewis
Sullivan High School
President- Rheana Strain
VP 3rd Hour – Alexis Smith
VP 4th Hour – JJ Sowders
VP 5th Hour – Sam Porras
VP 6th Hour – Hope Berry
Secretary / Treasurer – Hallie Arnold
Photographer-Historian – Austin Sterlin
Terre Haute North Vigo High School
President- Cree Burris
Vice President of Leadership Development – Micah Cox
Vice President of Career Planning – Montgomeree Porter
Vice President Social Awareness – Antonio Seals
Vice President of Marketing – Tierre Allen
Vice President of Community Service – Mariah Garloch
Secretaries – Bri Orman, Aryn Wilson, Samuel Grant
Treasurer – Kimberly Bracken
Terre Haute South Vigo High School
President – Cordell Majors
Vice President – Herman Shouse III
President: Dakota York
Vice President Projects: Ashely Romig
Vice President Publicity: Maggie Stites
Vice President Leadership: LaKrista Carver
Secretary: Shyanna Parsons
Treasurer: Brylee Hale
Our JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) program was recently awarded the 5 of 5 Award for the second straight year.
As noted on the JAG website, www.jag.org, “Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.”
The 5 of 5 Award recognizes JAG programs that meet or exceed the standards in Five Categories that measure student success:
Total Civilian Job Placements and Military Service
Total Positive Outcomes
Total in Full Time Placement
(Includes Full Time Work, Full Time School, Full Time Military or combintation of Part Time School and Part Time Work)
Total In Full Time Jobs
The 5 of 5 Awards applies to programs that have been in existence for more than one year. These statistics represent students from our Northview, Sullivan and Terre Haute North JAG classes. Last year, we launched new JAG programs in Parke (Riverton Parke, Turkey Run), Putnam (Greencastle, South Putnam), Vermillion (South Vermillion) and Vigo (Terre Haute South) counties. As these programs continue, the success of those students will be included in next year’s results.
Thank you to our dedicated JAG Instructors who are making such a positive influence on these students.
Congratulations to all of our JAG students who are seeing the benefits of their hard work.
This summer, WorkOne partnered with local education providers to sponsor several summer camps for the youth in our Region.
The camps provided attendees with hands on experience in a variety of career fields. This year we offered camps for:
Most camps lasted one week and provided students with lunch. By attending the camp, students were also able to earn a financial incentive and depending on the camp, keep many of the materials/tools that they used or created.
Click here to view pictures from the Robotics Camp.
To view pictures from some of the other camps, click here.