The following was released on Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2020
FORT WAYNE, IND. (07/08/2020) In response to the talent need for certified individuals in manufacturing-related fields, Questa Education Foundation and 80/20 Foundation Trust are partnering to support northeast Indiana residents pursuing a college-level certificate or degree. This pilot program extends for two years with the goal to support at least 10 students with a forgivable loan award, up to $2,500 each semester, according to a news release.
“With so many manufacturing workers displaced by the pandemic, this program comes at a critical time to offer support for those individuals pursuing the next step in their education and their careers,” Laura Macknick, executive director of 80/20 Foundation Trust, said in the release. “Our board recognizes the importance of investing in individuals for the talent needs of Northeast Indiana manufacturing companies today and in the future.”
Scholars with a commitment to live and work in northeast Indiana for five years after graduation will receive up to 50% loan forgiveness, and an additional 25% forgiveness upon attending a partnering institution. Up to 75% of total loan could be forgiven. Funded fields include advanced automation and robotics technology, advanced manufacturing, electrical engineering, business management, industrial technology, machine tool technology, mechanical engineering, and supply chain management, among others.
“Talent is critical to the growth and success of our regional economy. Questa’s partnership with 80/20 Foundation Trust enables us to strategically address talent needs in manufacturing and we are grateful for the vision and support of the 80/20 Foundation,” Liz Bushnell, executive director of Questa Education Foundation, said in the release. “This program is an example of how Questa can collaborate with businesses and other industries to develop the talent pipeline for their specific needs, all while helping residents access education and graduate with less debt.”
Residents of northeast Indiana who are interested in pursuing or completing a certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree, with the intent to work in the manufacturing industry are encouraged to apply. The application is open to students right out of high school pursuing an undergraduate certificate or degree in addition to adult learners desiring to further their education.
For more information about how to apply for this program, visit www.questafoundation.org.
For businesses interested in developing similar programs for their talent needs, contact Questa at 260-407-6494.
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The following was released on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2020:
Albion, IN - The Noble County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors has hired Gary Gatman as executive director effective February 24.
“We had outstanding interviews with all candidates and feel we have chosen a good leader to take the Noble County EDC to the next level.,” said Kendallville Mayor SuzAnne Handshoe, president of the EDC board. There were about a dozen applicants for the position vacated by Rick Sherck’s retirement in December.
”I love being part of the Noble County community,” says Gatman. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the county as part of the EDC team.”
Gatman has been a resident of Noble County for about eight years and is active with many area boards and organizations. As a member of the EDC board of directors for the past two years, Gatman is already familiar with the organization’s range of activities. Beyond his role with the EDC, Gatman has a wide range of business experience including running his own company for the past three years with his wife, Pattie. He has five years of human resource experience with a major steel processing facility and worked in economic and workforce development for more than two decades.
“The EDC plays an important role in supporting the economic health of Noble County and I am looking forward to working with other organizations, community leaders and employers to ensure that the EDC is successful in providing this support,” Gatman said.
Gatman will be utilizing his track record of developing collaborative efforts with key partners in furthering regional efforts with Noble County communities. Gatman added, “The team at the EDC has done an amazing job during this transition in leadership and I am looking forward to working with them to do really positive things for Noble County.”
The Noble County Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that provides coordinated economic development resources for business and industry while promoting the assets of Noble County.
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The following was released on Thursday, Feb. 06, 2020
SOUTH WHITLEY, IN (2/06/2020) Whitko proudly announces their award of the largest Career Ladders Grant in Indiana, accepting $468,250 in new funding which was approved by the Indiana State Board of Education on February 5, 2020! Effective July of 2019, the Indiana General Assembly “passed legislation supporting career pathways which will offer high-performing teachers opportunities to advance in their careers and ensure that more students have exposure to highly effective teachers.”
(Source: INDOE - https://www.doe.in.gov/effectiveness/hea-1008-career-ladders-grant-appli...)
What does this mean for Whitko? Dr. Brandon Penrod expanded upon this exciting news saying, “Typically we have to pull funds from the Education Fund in order to increase teacher salaries. Once that money is allotted, there is no more. But with the addition of the Career Ladders Grant funding, we will be able to open new doors for leadership opportunities for our teachers to advance their careers. In addition, all of our teachers will have the opportunity to participate in the highest quality job embedded professional development focused on the needs of Whitko students. We have essentially found a way to increase teacher salaries outside of the Education Fund, which anyone can tell you, is no easy task. I am excited because it means our students will benefit from highly trained teachers who are also able to earn the honor of being among the top paid professionals in their chosen field.”
WCTA (Whitko Classroom Teachers Association) President Kathy Wright agreed with Penrod saying, “This is very exciting news for all of our teachers to hear! As new leadership roles are cultivated, our teachers will receive top training and well deserved compensation for their expertise.” In November, WCTA and the Whitko School Board agreed to the first raise in seven years for teachers, which increased salaries across the board and increased new teacher salaries to be among the most competitive in the area. Along with this strategy to attract top candidates to new teaching roles within the school, the Whitko School Board went on to advance raises inclusive of all staff throughout the district accomplishing a much needed financial victory for all Whitko employees.
“Whitko has financially turned the corner,” explained School Board President Carrie Hoffman. Among Whitko’s recent financial success since October are: teacher pay increases, staff pay increases, and a 6.1% decrease in the tax rate.
In less than one year, nearly $1 million in new grant funding has been accumulated for the school, and it suggests that this is far from being a celebratory end, but rather it is a signal that now is the beginning of a new era of success for Whitko. An era of financial stability, responsibility, assistance, advisement and leadership. This new found drive to secure funding includes the most recent donation earlier in 2019, whereby lead funding partner The 80/20 Foundation Trust and Community Foundation of Whitley County agreed to become partners with Whitko Community Schools to launch WCA (Whitko Career Academy). The WCA partnership lead the way to announcements of new funding and new partnerships. This new funding will provide momentum for the school’s goals to become a reality.
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