By Dr. Jason Harrison, Director of Pathways for Students and Adults
Elkhart County is committed to improving career pathways and life success for students now and in the future. Early in March, about 100 people representing business, education, and community and civic organizations met at Ivy Tech Community College in Elkhart to celebrate successes and plan next steps. The focus was on continuing to expand career awareness and pathways for our youth as well as our employed and unemployed adults.
With the support of our K-12 and higher education partners, apprenticeships for students and adults will be expanding to include additional industries including healthcare, information technology, and business and finance. The Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship was launched in the fall of 2017, and there are currently 76 adult apprentices enrolled in the program and 90 adult pre-apprentices who are completing the related certifications with the goal of transitioning into an apprenticeship. In addition, there are nearly 250 high school students either enrolled or who have completed certifications within the IMT apprenticeship.
By expanding apprenticeships into additional career pathways, we’ll not only help meet employers’ needs now and in the future, but we’ll also help our education system support the success of our students and adults. It’s estimated that 62 percent of jobs in Indiana will require a degree beyond high school by 2020. Our current educational attainment rate is 30.7 percent of working adults with a degree beyond high school (including 25.7 percent with an associate’s degree or higher and an estimate of 5 percent of adults with certifications).
Northridge High School CPT Students