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Learning Link offers tour of Impact Institute

Written October 24th, 2013 by
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The Star
October 24. 2013

Among the many career and technical programs offered, students can learn precision machining skills and receive a certificate at Impact Institute, formerly the Four County Area Vocational Cooperative.

Among the many career and technical programs offered, students can learn precision machining skills and receive a certificate at Impact Institute, formerly the Four County Area Vocational Cooperative.

KENDALLVILLE — Impact Institute will host an open house for DeKalb County parents and business and community leaders on Wednesday, Oct. 30, starting at its site at 1607 E. Dowling St., Kendallville.

Guests have three options for attending:

  • Option 1 — 8:30 a.m. to noon, touring areas where Welding, Precision Machining, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, CAD and Automotive Technology are taught.
  • Option 2 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., touring areas where Auto Body, Construction Trades, Interactive Media, Marine Mechanics, Primary Health Care and Health Occupations are taught.
  • Option 3 — 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., touring all of Impact Institute’s career and technical education programs.

With each option, Impact Institute’s Culinary Arts Department will provide a working lunch for DeKalb County visitors from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Learning Link, an education initiative of the Community Foundation of DeKalb County, the DeKalb Chamber Partnership, and DeKalb County’s Career Success Coalition are working together to coordinate the tours of career, technical and adult education programs offered to DeKalb County residents by Impact Institute, formerly Four County Area Vocational Cooperative.

“A well trained work force is central to prosperity in northeast Indiana,” said Ken McCrory, director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership. “Regrettably, local industries are reporting difficulty in finding workers in skilled and technical areas such as CNC operators, maintenance workers and engineers. Impact Institute is responding to this need with a broad range of career and technical programs for both traditional and nontraditional students.”

One area of focus for Learning Link’s School-business Partnerships and Adult Education and Training teams has been raising the level of education in ways that assist in meeting the needs of DeKalb County employers. Other Learning Link teams focus on early childhood learning, third-grade literacy and parenting education. Learning Link’s overall vision, as an education initiative of the Community Foundation, is improving the quality of life for people of all ages in DeKalb County through continuous learning.

For more information or to RSVP, people are asked to send email to Judy Sorg at JSorg@DeKalbFoundation.org, or call 260-925-0311, by Friday, indicating a time option of choice, No. 1, 2 or 3. There is no cost to attend the tour.

Impact Institute is a coalition of schools that support career and technical education for adults and youth in DeKalb, Steuben, LaGrange, Noble and Whitley counties for the purposes of employment, re-employment or enhanced employment.

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