Area 30 to hold golf scramble

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Area 30 Career Center Board of Directors held its monthly meeting earlier this week to discuss several routine issues typical for the start of a new school year along with an upcoming fundraiser.

In hopes of building its scholarship fund, Area 30 Career Center will be hosting a golf scramble on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Windy Hill Country Club.

Last year, Area 30 awarded nearly $13,000 in scholarships to 24 students with each scholarship averaging over $500.

"Those students chose to further their education, in part, because of their positive experience at Area 30 where exploring opportunities, experiencing excellence and realizing one's potential is important," said Executive Director Lora Bush.

Busch also noted that Area 30 believes in assisting students in post-secondary planning, which includes entering the workforce and apprenticeships as well as pursuing a postsecondary education at colleges, universities and technical schools.

The career center is looking for hole sponsorships and teams to participate.

Interested participants are required to complete the entry form, which can be found at

For more information on sponsorships or registration contact Zane Earles 765-653-3515 ext. 2136.

The board also approved the inventory reduction of five vehicles, which had previously been donated to help serve the automotive programs for the past 11 years.

"The vehicles will be scraped or traded for vehicles that can better serve the programs," Busch said. "We want to slowly bring in some new-used vehicles."

Bush also shared with the board the Classroom to Careers (C2C) initiative, which aims to address the skills gap in manufacturing in Region 7, an education service center which Area 30 is a part of.

The three primary goals of the initiative are, career pathways completion to prepare a pipeline of talent in the manufacturing industry, engaging the business community as active partners in addressing the needs and marketing and outreach to build awareness and create excitement.

"They (Region 7) received $75,000 (from a grant) to get the ball rolling," Bush said. "We're looking for a grant to cover equipment and pay for staff as well as training to bring manufacturing into schools."

It is the hope of Area 30 to secure additional funds to start a manufacturing program.

In other business:

* Instructor James Sims also got approval to attend the required WS1 training through the Department of Education at the Sheraton Hotel in Indianapolis.

The training is held during the IACTE conference and will be paid with Perkins funds.

* Both Lora Busch and Marcia Murtagh were appointed by the board to be the trustees on the Wabash Valley/West Central Indiana Trust.

* The resignation of Regina Dean, a part-time cafeteria employee, was approved.

* The board also approved the hiring of Paula Wiggins as a part-time cafeteria employee as well as Kelly Nichols and Tyler Piersall as substitute part-time cafeteria employees.

* Area 30 will be hosting the IACAC sanctioned college fair at the Dixie Chopper Business Center on Monday, Sept. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. More than 40 post-secondary institutions will be represented.

The next Area 30 Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m.

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