Episode #438 - June 17th, 2020
Education Counts presents some of the best ideas in education in the region. This week, find out how South Bend Community School Corporation students can earn an associate's degree in high school. Learn how Ivy Tech is rapidly adapting to changing needs of the student body. Head to the jobsite with Hard Hats and Heels and see how one woman-owned construction company is encouraging women to pursue S.T.E.M. trades. Learn about talking to young children about race and racism.
Original Airdate: June 17, 2020

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    Earning an Associate's Degree in High School

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    A partnership between South Bend Schools and Ivy Tech Community College is giving high school seniors to walk across the graduation stage with more than just a high school diploma. This program lets students take college course while still in high school and earn an Associate's Degree at no cost to the students or their families.

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    1. C. Todd Cummings, Ph.D.SuperintendentSouth Bend Community School Corporation
    2. Josue ReynosoStudentRiley High School
    3. Kayla RiveraStudentClay High School

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    Hard Hats & Heels, LLC

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    City: Niles, MI
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    Going into the construction trades can happen even after earning a college degree. Founder and owner of Niles based company Hard Hats and Heels, Victoria Knight, did it after earning a nursing degree. Now is she not only doing something she loves, but actively working to encourage others to pursue those trades.

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    1. Victoria KnightFounder/OwnerHard Hats & Heels, LLC

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    Educating Children on Race

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    Children’s minds are like wet clay, easily moldable. Unfortunately that leads them to also pick up less desirable traits from those around them. Racism isn’t an easy topic to talk to a child about however racism is taught. Just like you can teach a child to be racist, you can also teach them against it. In order for society to function at its best, it has to free itself of prejudices for different races and that means starting the teaching of acceptance and inclusiveness of other races at their most vulnerable mind state.

    Guests:

    1. Marvin CurtisDean of Raclin School of ArtsIU South Bend
    2. Denise PaytonDirector of Choral ActivitesFayetteville State University
    3. Marvin LynnDean and Professor of The College of EducationPortland State University
    4. Gwendolyn LawtonRetired EducatorFairfield-Suisun School Corporation
    5. Virginia CalvinRetired Superintendent/ChancellorSBCSC & Ivy Tech North Central

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    Ivy Tech: Adaptive Resources

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    Adaptation may be the word of the year, and for those going on. At this point it is something that we all have to learn how to do. Ivy Tech Community College for example is adapting its ways of reaching its students not only for the summer but also during uncertainty. Online based classes are the new norm and they want to make sure that everyone has a chance at an education, because uncertainty in the world shouldn’t stop us from wanting to make a difference.

    Guests:

    1. Briana StinerMarketing and Media Relations SpecialistIvy Tech
    2. Ethan ZagoreVice Chancellor of Student SuccessIvy Tech
    3. Katherine KentVice Chancellor of Academic AffairsIvy Tech

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