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Noon Kiwanis Club honors 22 students

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018

The Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club held it’s first-ever Career & Technical Educational (CTE) Banquet. The banquet was held on Thursday, April 12 at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, 3011 W. Park Drive.

The Kiwanis Club invited the honored students, their parents and teachers to the event. Rick Farrant, communications director for Northeast Indiana Works, was the guest speaker. Farrant spoke to those in attendance about the job market over the next few years.

Farrant said that since many of the Baby Boomers are retiring, and the need to be able to replace the skills that these workers have, will make it tough for some businesses to find qualified employees. In Huntington County, over 25% of the workforce is over 55 years of age or 3,991 workers. Some of the careers that are most "in-demand" are manufacturing with an average salary of over $59,000 per year; healthcare, almost $40,000; transportation and warehousing at $71,000 and construction over $53,000. He went on to explain that some of the students that are going to be most sought after will earn their certification in high school, and will then go straight to employment after high school graduation. Many of those students will then earn more certifications or receive their two and/or four-year degrees paid for by their employers. The Career & Technical Education route is great for those students that want to go straight to work without college debt.

Students honored were: Leigh Ann Trickle and Kyle Laux, Agriculture; Isiah Kitzmiller and Shelby Smith, Automotive Service Technology; BreAnna Banter and Rachel Moore, Certified Nurse Aides (CNA); Tara Hicks and Taylor Bower, Cosmetology; Skylar Houser and Katelin Turner, Early Childhood Education and Lily Kesler and Tabitha Smith, Education Professions.

Other students honored were: Kasey Konz and Isaac Brown, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); Abby Hoover and Madalynn Davis, Human and Social Services; Katlin Carroll and Tyler Stephan, Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education (I.C.E.); Kassidy Thompson and Jacob Fowler, Professional Internship and Jacob Burns and Andrew Lund, Precision Machining.

The Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club also gave $250 to Bob Burnsworth of the Meal Ministry in downtown Huntington. Burnsworth said the ministry serves meals to people 365 days a year.

Shown in the photo from left are Cheryl Marley, left, Bippus State Bank and John Garrott, center, Beacon Credit Union and both from the Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club as they present the check for $250 to Bob Burnsworth of the New Life Meal Ministry.