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2015 Manufacturing Day

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!

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WorkOne Participates in College and Career Days 2015

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.

WTWO-TV Article: http://www.mywabashvalley.com/news/students-attend-college-and-career-fair


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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.




JAG Students Raise Money In Memory of Fellow Students

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.

Spring 2015 JAG Activities

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!



Terre Haute North JAG Students Spring Service Projects

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!

CODA EasterDelivery 2015CODA Easter 2015     


WorkOne Participates in Apprenticeship Day

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:

  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Laborers
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters
  • Operating Engineers

The representatives provided the students with information about the careers available in these fields as well as the requirements for entering their apprenticeship programs.

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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.



2015 JAG Career Development Conference

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. 

Group1  Welcome

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!Samantha Porras

JAG Career Development Conference Results


1st Place  Austin Hume Sullivan

2nd Place Ashley Branch TH North

3rd Place  Austin Lyttle TH South

Writing Skills

1st Place  Mara Stewart TH North

2nd Place Quinton Steward TH South

3rd Place  Sydney Drake Sullivan

Public Speaking   

1st Place  Jodie Pilkington TH North

2nd Place Evan Norton TH South

3rd Place  Braelyn Wence Sullivan

Critical Thinking    

1st Place  Cordell Majors TH South

2nd Place Caleb Crowe Greencastle

3rd Place  Courtney Branson Northview

Career Presentation   

1st Place  Charlotte Pharr Northview

2nd Place Kimberly Bracken TH North

3rd Place  Montae Shepard TH South

Cover Design   

1st Place  Kaitlyn Adams-Taylor TH South

2nd Place Michael Hoffman TH North

3rd Place  Michael Watt TH South

Creative Solutions

1st Place  Jacob Bogard Sullivan

2nd Place Nathan Morgan Sullivan

3rd Place  Herman Shouse III TH South

Outstanding Senior   

1st Place  Markie Vaughn Sullivan

2nd Place Cree Burris TH North

Chapter Banner   

1st Place  Terre Haute North TH North

2nd Place Terre Haute South TH South

3rd Place  Northview  Northview

3rd Place Tie Sullivan  Sullivan

Employability Skills   

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:

  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Vincennes University
  • Casey’s

Our Judges:

  • James Aker – Duke Energy
  • Kim Campbell – Rose Hulman
  • Laurence Cross – WIB Board Member
  • Monica Donahoo - WorkOne
  • Bill Dory – Putnam County EDC
  • Dr. Tad Foster – Indiana State University
  • Marjorie Hopkins – Author
  • Ryan Hughes - IBEW
  • Rich Keller – Ceres Solutions
  • Mary Caye Pfister – Pfister Realty
  • Erin Pugh – Congressman Buschon’s Office
  • Kathy Smith – Retired Teacher
  • Claudia Tanoos – Terre Haute EDC
  • Dave Tucker – Vincennes University
  • Susan Turner – St Mary’s- of- the-Woods
  • Chris Williams – Ivy Tech
  • WorkOne Staff and JAG Specialists

JAG Selects 2014-2015 Officers

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


Riverton Parke

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


Turkey Run

President:  Dakota York

Vice President Projects: Ashely Romig

Vice President Publicity: Maggie Stites

Vice President Leadership: LaKrista Carver

Secretary:  Shyanna Parsons

Treasurer: Brylee Hale


View Gallery of 2014 JAG Officer Installations

Region 7 JAG Program Receives 5 of 5 Award

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:



Region 7 




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.

WorkOne Sponsors Summer Camps

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:

  • Machining
  • Welding
  • Healthcare
  • Electronics
  • Construction
  • Auto Service
  • IC3 - Internet and Computing Core Certification
  • Digital Photography
  • Electrical Worker in Construction Industry
  • Robotics

Click here for a full description of each camp.

Manufacturing Camp

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.