LaGrange and Steuben County high school students accepted into first cohort of Ivy Tech’s Manufacturing Academy

Photo of Manufacturing Academy students (left to right): Colton Batey, Nikolas Dyer, Benny Clark, Carlos Espino Cortes, Brock Marabeas, Caleb Sellers, Zander Hylton, Angel Macon, Armando Castro, Ellis Chen. (Not pictured: Aaron Leonard and Hayden Pelletier)

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is partnering with the Steuben County Enterprise Center to run classes for high school students as part of its Manufacturing Academy. Eleven students from LaGrange and Steuben County high schools have been accepted into the first cohort, which will begin in Spring 2022.

Spring 2022 Cohort

  • Ellis Chen, Lakeland High School
  • Carlos Espino Cortes, Lakeland High School
  • Angel Macon, Lakeland High School
  • Zander Hylton, Lakeland High School
  • Brock Marabeas, Lakeland High School
  • Aaron Leonard, Lakeland High School
  • Caleb Sellers, Lakeland High School
  • Armando Castro, Lakeland High School
  • Nikolas Dyer, Prairie Heights High School
  • Colton Beatey, Prairie Heights High School
  • Hayden Pelletier, Fremont High School

The Manufacturing Academy is a collaborative initiative to connect area high school students and adults with manufacturing partners. Sponsoring manufacturers will provide selected Academy students with a paid learning experience about manufacturing fundamentals such as shop operations, safety, and blueprint reading as well as soft skills such as teamwork, communications, and problem-solving that can lead to a successful career. Along the way, students will earn seven Ivy Tech credits that correlate to an MSSC-CPT certification or can be applied toward an Ivy Tech degree in industrial technology or advanced automation and robotics technology. The Academy will deploy both classroom instruction and hands-on lab experiences at the Enterprise Center located at 907 South Wayne Street, Angola, Indiana.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Manufacturing Academy Program,” says Benny Clark III, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Dual Credit College Advisor. “The students are extremely excited to have the opportunity to earn college credits and also receive industry certifications that they will be able to use after graduation! Thanks to Fremont, Lakeland, and Prairie Heights high schools for giving their students access to new opportunities in Steuben County.”

Interested high school students should contact their guidance counselor and Benny Clark for further information. Eligible high schools include Angola, Fremont, Lakeland, Prairie Heights, and Hamilton.

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