Girls presented career paths

November 26, 2018

About 200 sophomore girls from six high schools attended a workshop this month that highlighted possible career options, according to a news release.

In its 16th year, the Nontraditional Employment for Women workshop was sponsored by the Warsaw Area Career Center, the Wawasee Area Career and Technical Cooperative, the Carl D. Perkins grant and the Warsaw Education Foundation at the Quaker Haven Camp in Syracuse.

With almost 50 women representing careers in attendance, the information presented to the girls included education and training, typical workday schedules, work environment details, wage information, employment forecast and advantages for women in the occupations, the release said.

The release indicated keynote speaker Cindi Clawson, a meteorologist with WNDU-TV in South Bend, shared a message about women in STEM careers and trends she has observed as more women enter traditional male-dominated fields.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Clawson addressed the growing number of jobs requiring STEM skills and how women remain underrepresented in them, especially in computer fields, the release said.

She also encouraged the girls to support each other, work hard, remember that many women have come before them to pave the way and maintain that momentum, the release said.

Hands-on activities let students experience different careers. According to the release, girls could build a tool box, participate in virtual welder and flight simulations, conduct a TV weather report, wire an electric circuit board, drill into a prosthetic knee, and, among other offerings, create centerpieces.

Students represented Warsaw, Wawasee, Tippecanoe Valley, Whitko, Fairfield and West Noble schools.



• Applications for the 2019 Innovate WithIN pitch competition : a statewide initiative hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., Indiana Department of Education and Ball State University : are open to high school students statewide. Student teams can submit video pitches online before Feb. 6. New this year, middle school students interested in entrepreneurship are invited to register for workshops offered at the regional competitions in early 2019. Visit www.innovatewithin.org for more information.

• Grace Schools Charter Authority LLC will hold a public board meeting about the proposed charter renewal of Smith Academy for Excellence from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at Grace College, Westminster Hall, Conference Room A, 105 Ninth St., Winona Lake.

• Hall of Fame college football coach, analyst and motivational speaker Lou Holtz will speak at Trine University’s 16th annual Scholarship Gala on Feb. 9. The event starts at 6 p.m. in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic Recreation Center on the Angola campus. Wine tasting, a gourmet dinner, live music and auctions are planned. Sponsorship packages and tickets, which cost $100, are available through Feb. 2. To reserve tickets, donate an auction item or get sponsorship details, visit www.trine.edu/gala or call 260-665-4114.

• Ivy Tech Community College will host Express Enrollment Days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 to ready students for spring semester, which begins Jan. 14. Locations are the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne, and 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw. Visit www.IvyTech.edu/EEDay for more information.

Scholarships, recognitions

• The Questa Scholars Program is accepting applications through Feb. 1 from college freshmen enrolled in or high school seniors accepted early to a Questa Education Foundation partner institution. Partner schools include Grace College, Huntington University, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana University Fort Wayne, Indiana Tech, Ivy Tech Community College, Manchester University, Trine University and the University of Saint Francis. A second application period for individuals attending any Indiana college or university will be available from Feb. 15 through April 1. Go to www.questafoundation.org or call 260-407-6494 for more information.

• Madison Kloster of Fort Wayne received the SCO Alumni Endowed Scholarship at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. The award recognizes an optometry student with a competitive GPA and Optometry Admission Test score, along with demonstrated service contributions to his or her community, college or country. The scholarship comes with a $20,000 monetary award. Kloster is a graduate of Homestead High School and Indiana University.

• Manchester University senior Mikayla Patterson received the Dwayne Dixon Professional Education Scholarship from the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association this month. She has been a student athletic trainer for the university’s football and men’s soccer teams as well as the Whitko High School winter sports teams.

• Indiana Wesleyan University student Mason Metzger of Silver Lake will receive a 2019 Yes I Can Award in the self-advocacy category from the Council for Exceptional Children. Diagnosed at birth with spastic cerebral palsy, he has achieved his dream of becoming a motivational speaker. He has spoken to over 30 audiences including area elementary, middle and high schools since providing the keynote address at a Warsaw Community Schools event in August 2014 at age 15. The award ceremony is Feb. 1 in Indianapolis.

• Debra Lynn, professor of music and director of choral studies at Manchester University, was the guest conductor and composer in residence for the Canyon County Honor Choir of Nampa, Idaho, this month. She conducted the choir in rehearsal over three days and led them in a public performance. The event featured the premiere of Lynn’s composition, “The Robin,” for ensemble with string orchestra and piano.

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