Episode #448 - August 26th, 2020
Education Counts is highlighting some of the best initiative in education we've discovered. Find out how YouthBuild is impacting students in Benton Harbor with practical skills and a diploma. Visit the mobile classroom presented by the La Porte County Public Library and see how students engage with STEM activities. See how students are learning healthy eating habits at Syracuse Elementary. Learn how students at Purdue Polytechnic High School are learning through experience. Find out how the Indiana workforce is advancing in skills through Next Level Jobs. See how a state grant paved the way for the Don't Quit Fitness Center in Niles. Hear how lives have been changed through classes, education and training at the Grace Learning Center.
Original Airdate: August 26, 2020

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  • August 26th, 2020 Photo Caleb Weeks, Malic Burton, Joseph Haught More Information

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    YouthBuild provides skills training for low income and even out of school students. Through the rebuilding of houses, playgrounds and community centers, these students have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma or GED while learning construction trades skills. We head to Benton Harbor to see how a group rehabbed a house with these new skills.

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    Guests:

    1. Caleb WeeksDirectorYouthBuild Benton Harbor
    2. Malic BurtonStudentYouthBuild Benton Harbor
    3. Joseph HaughtStudentYouthBuild Benton Harbor

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  • August 26th, 2020 Photo Pam Okosun, Tera Grinnell, Sawyer Schnick, Diane Bos Schwarz More Information

    La Porte County Public Library's Mobile Classroom

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    City: La Porte, IN
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    La Porte County Public Library’s Mobile Classroom is something like the magic school bus. Except the magic that they provide is practical hands on learning skills, local and regional career opportunities, science and social studies, and even comes with wifi.

    Guests:

    1. Pam OkosunCommunity Engagement LibrarianLa Porte County Public Library
    2. Tera GrinnellHR DirectorHowmet Aerospace
    3. Sawyer SchnickStudentLa Porte County Public Library
    4. Diane Bos SchwarzManager of Planning and OperationsLa Porte Municipal Airport

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  • August 26th, 2020 Photo Sophie Pratt, Stacy Bowers More Information

    Goshen Health: Learning Healthy Habits During Lunch

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    City: Syracuse, IN
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    Goshen Health wants Syracuse elementary students to know that yes, it does matter what you put into your brain, but also what you put into you stomach as well. They are teaching students how to develop healthy eating habits so that they can stay healthy. They also are teaching them about the benefits of staying active.

    Guests:

    1. Sophie PrattStudentGoshen Health
    2. Stacy BowersCommunity Wellness and Education ManagerGoshen Health

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  • August 26th, 2020 Photo Courtney Harjung, Bibi Hardrict, Charli Renckly-DeWhitt More Information

    Purdue Polytechnic High School

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    In order to better prepare students for college, Purdue University launched the Purdue Polytechnic High School. The program teaches students through hands-on and project based learning while also being STEM focused. The aim is for students to be ready to take on whatever the world throws at them.

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    Guests:

    1. Courtney HarjungCommunity Outreach CoordinatorPurdue Polytechnic High School South Bend
    2. Bibi HardrictPrincipalPurdue Polytechnic High School South Bend
    3. Charli Renckly-DeWhittCommunications, Marketing &Recruitment ManagerPurdue Polytechnic High School

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  • August 26th, 2020 Photo Beth Meguschar, Bryon Silk, Teresa Lubbers More Information

    Next Level Jobs

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    For a state's economy to grow, the workforce needs to be trained and ready to take on the challenges of changing industries. Next Level Jobs is a statewide program in Indiana that provides the training and expertise for Hoosiers to advance to those higher levels.

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    Guests:

    1. Beth MeguscharAssociate Chief of Workforce Education & TrainingIndiana Department of Workforce Development
    2. Bryon SilkDirector of Business ServicesIndiana Department of Workforce Development
    3. Teresa LubbersCommissionerIndiana Commission for Higher Education

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  • August 26th, 2020 Photo Adam Burtsfield, Evan Winkler More Information

    Don't Quit Fitness Center

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    City: Niles, MI
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    Academic health is important, but so is physical health. To make sure schools have the necessary equipment the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils created a grant. Ring Lardner Middle School became one of three schools in the state to receive one of these grants which resulted in the "Don't Quit Fitness Center" in Niles.

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    Guests:

    1. Adam BurtsfieldDirector of Special EducationNiles Community Schools
    2. Evan WinklerPrincipalRing Lardner Middle School

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  • August 26th, 2020 Photo Jim Musial, Alexandria Ingram, Tammy Rosebaum, Gary Jongkind, Trena L. Casey, James Stewart, Dorothy Williams More Information

    Grace Learning Center

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    The Grace Learning Center is an organization in Michigan City that strives, to help people overcome obstacles in life, one of the biggest being homelessness. They do this by teaching classes on cooking, Alcoholics Anonymous, mental health, anger management and they also provide a computer lab to help look for jobs as well. They believe that teaching their clients how to elevate their lives, has a far lasting impact on their individual lives, rather than quick fixes.

    Guests:

    1. Jim MusialExecutive DirectorGrace Learning Center
    2. Alexandria IngramProgram DeveloperGrace Learning Center
    3. Tammy RosebaumCCH Program CoordinatorGrace Learning Center
    4. Gary JongkindClientGrace Learning Center
    5. Trena L. CaseyClientGrace Learning Center
    6. James StewartClientGrace Learning Center
    7. Dorothy WilliamsReceptionistGrace Learning Center

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