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Learning Center hosts variety of courses for fall

Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017

Source: The Learning Center

The fall semester is off to a busy start at the Huntington County Community Learning Center (The LC). Ivy Tech Community College is offering eight college courses; Huntington North High School is offering four Career & Technical Education half-day programs and Ivy Tech Workforce Alignment is offering two industry certification courses. The LC continues to house the Huntington offices of WorkOne Northeast and Impact Institute, as well as Huntington County 4-H Robotics. Huntington University also has an office within the LC.

The Ivy Tech college academic course breakdown is as follows: on Mondays, English Composition (ENGL 111); Tuesdays, Key Principles of Advanced Manufacturing (ADMF 101), Phlebotomy (PHLB 212) and Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 101). Wednesdays, Welding Fundamentals (WELD 100) and Student Success in University (IVYT 111) are offered, and on Thursdays, students can take Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COMM 101). The Ivy Tech Community College office is staffed Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“Ivy Tech Community College is in our third semester at the Huntington County Community Learning Center,” said Lisa Smith, Director of Community Engagement for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. “This fall we are serving over 100 students at the LC between academic classes and short term certification classes. We will continue to have Student Services and advising staff on site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.”

Smith added that spring 2017 Ivy Tech academic classes will be open for registration in mid-September. Ivy Tech Workforce Alignment is offering two industry certification courses in Industrial Maintenance that several local businesses have chosen to enroll some of their incumbent workers in.

According to Steve Kimmel, LC Advisory Council chair, “The development team and Advisory Council members are extremely proud of the accomplishments The LC has made during its first year of serving the community. The impact the center is having on local businesses is extremely important to the success of our community. The center is teaching high school students the skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century. At the same time, the center is teaching new skills to incumbent workers that would like to advance in their careers and earn a certification.” Kimmel went on to say, “With many businesses not able to find the skilled help today, it is only going to be more crucial as the Baby Boomers begin to retire.”

Huntington North High School continues to offer four half-day programs in Automotive, Health Services, Internships and Precision Machining.

“As a comprehensive high school, we are fortunate to be able to offer a variety of Career & Technical Education courses to our students,” said Tiffanney Drummond, Director of Career & Technical Education at the Learning Center. “In addition to the four programs at the LC, we also offer four more at Huntington North High School, including Early Childhood Development, Education Professions, Human and Social Services and a Co-Operative Education Program (ICE). Huntington North students are in a very special position to be able to earn both college dual credit and achieve industry certifications before they graduate high school.”

WorkOne Northeast offers a variety of workshops and hiring events at the LC. Upcoming workshops include Microsoft Excel (August 30, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Interviewing with Confidence (September 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m.) and Resume Development (September 13, 1:30 to 3 p.m.). The WorkOne office is staffed at the LC Mondays and Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Huntington University maintains an office at the LC, to allow HU staff time to meet with prospective students. Additionally, HU faculty is currently collaborating with WorkOne to teach the Workshops that are offered on Wednesdays.

“Huntington University is proud to partner with WorkOne because we know it provides an invaluable service to the Huntington community,” said Crystal Cully, Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions at Huntington University. “WorkOne does an exceptional job at training and preparing adults for the ever-changing workplace. We’re grateful that our faculty and staff have the opportunity to provide additional instruction for WorkOne workshops.”

Impact Institute continues to offer Adult Basic Education courses and literacy services to prepare students of all ages for the High School Equivalency (HAS) exam, as well as English Language Acquisition and Occupational Skills Training. Impact Institute classes are offered Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m.

About the Huntington County Community Learning Center: The Huntington County Community Learning Center is a hub for career readiness, along with job search, workplace certification and college learning opportunities. The center’s chief aim is to improve the skills of high school students and adult learners in Huntington County to meet the workforce needs of local industries. Among the center’s tenants are Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, WorkOne Northeast, Huntington County Community School Corporation, Huntington University and Impact Institute. More information is available by calling (260) 356-2858 or visiting www.HuntingtonLearning.org