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The Versailles Republican

June 12, 2014 • Headlines

The ribbon cutting for the new Delaware Firehouse was held recently. The firehouse is located on SR 129. Left to right, Rick Stevens
Jeff Meinders, Stan Weidemen, Mary McCarty, Robert Reiners, Ron Bushhorn, Mark Horstman, Dephane Smith, and Melvin Dwenger.

Third grade students in Kris Clark, Cinda Ahlrich, and Carla Holt’s classes at Milan Elementary School learned about earning, spending,
saving, and borrowing money from Katie Johnson, HHS/4-H Extension Educator in Ripley County through a program called Captain Cash.

Pictured above is the South Ripley Junior High Academic Team.
The team traveled to Seymour on May 3 to compete in the Junior Division Academic Super Bowl.


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Skills training and career exploration
Southeastern Career Center first one in Indiana

Cathy May

Did you know the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles was the first career center in Indiana? The Southeastern Indiana Area Vocational School was established in 1966. As early as 1914, the Federal Commission on National Aid to Vocational Education determined that public education was not serving the needs of the majority of students. The early emphasis was focused on practical skills for working on farms, factories and homes. But, it was the Federal Vocational Act of 1963 that made the educational system more effective. This allowed for individual schools to combine efforts to offer vocational education. The focus was now on manpower needs and job opportunities. Perhaps, what is most important is that the Act allowed for funding, requiring states to devote three percent of their budget to vocational education. This allowed the states to qualify for federal funds.

S.E. Indiana Career Center class


Left, Cheyenne Robinson, 2014 Jac-Cen-Del graduate, Ashlynn Culp, also a recent JCD graduate and Sonya Short practice styling techniques at the SCC.

Twelve area school corporations signed the agreement to develop the Southeastern Indiana Area Vocational School. Each corporation had one representative on the Board to govern the school. When the Southeastern Indiana Area Vocational School opened its doors in September of 1966, it offered 42 programs in six major occupational areas. During the first year, 316 high school students and 182 post-high school students were enrolled. Currently, the Southeastern Indiana Career Center has 920 high school students enrolled in 22 career programs. They no longer offer post-high school courses (except for cosmetology, if space is available).

Funding has always been an issue. Today, each school is charged a set amount per student, $2,252, and a fixed annual fee for administration of $50,000, and a percentage based on school enrollment compared to the other participating schools. The Southeastern Career Center provides students with technical skills integrated with academic knowledge while promoting work ethics, citizenship, and self-esteem to prepare them for careers in business and industry. In addition, they provide students with a foundation for post secondary education and advanced technical training.

Assistant Director Tricia Johnson said of her experience working at the Southeastern Career Center, “Most people know that the Career Center is here, but unless they have been in the building in the past 10 years, they really don’t know what we are doing here. We offer students hands-on experience and skills that they can take directly into the workforce or use as they continue their education. The Career Center also offers students the opportunity to explore their interests in health careers, automotive, machining, welding, computers, law enforcement, firefighting, construction trades, and many more areas at no cost.”

“We use the college curriculum for our courses and the students leave with certifications and college credit. Students also have the option to co-op their senior year to gain real world experience. In addition to that, the Southeastern Career Center is a place where students from 12 schools come together and take pride in what they learn here. In our halls you see students wearing SCC welding jackets, cosmetology sweatshirts and HOSA (Health Occupations Student Organization) T-shirts. You might also come upon a team of firefighters in full gear headed to the tower for training, the auto service students test driving a car that they just repaired or the digital media students filming a video. We have a very active school and every day is an adventure.”

The Southeastern Career Center provides vocational skill training and career exploration opportunities for the students from all 12 of their participating schools: Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Jennings County, Lawrenceburg, Madison, Milan, Rising Sun-Ohio County, South Dearborn, South Ripley, Southwestern-Jefferson County, Sunman-Dearborn, and Switzerland County. Students attend vocational programs for half of their school day and attend classes at their home high school for the other half of the day.

Here is a list of the current courses offered: Architectural Drafting and Design, Auto Collision Repair Technology, Auto Service Technology, Building and Facilities Maintenance, Computer Tech Support and Networking Fundamentals, Construction Technology, Construction Technology Electrical, Construction Technology Heavy Equipment, Cooperative Education, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Dental Careers, Diesel Service Technology, Fire and Rescue, Health Science, Interactive Media, Recreational and Mobile Equipment, Precision Machining Technology, Welding Technology, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Aerospace Engineering, and Engineering Design and Development. Most programs offer six credits per year and have agreements with universities that allow students to receive college credit or advanced placement for successfully completing their vocational experience. Credit, as well as accepting universities, varies among programs.

Night meeting held for rescue units contract

The contract for the Ripley County rescue units will be reviewed during an evening meeting of the county commissioners. As they do every other Monday, they will meet in regular session in the morning on June 23 but will continue the meeting at 7 p.m. so more of the public may attend. Commissioner meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held at the county annex building. Some changes to the rescue unit contract have been drafted and will be up for discussion.

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