• June 16th, 2021 and Ju... Episode #538

    Tonight's episode features a new STEAM Lab in Middlebury which is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County. Cybersecurity Classes offered by Purdue University Global and Purdue University. The ONE mental health campaign launched at School City of Mishawaka. Business education classes at Saint Mary's College, through the SPARK Business Accelerator program of the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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    1. Cybersecurity Programs

      Through the Internet, our world has become more connected than ever. This means people and businesses need to know how to protect themselves from unseen attacks. Purdue University and Purdue Global offer classes for people who are looking to enter the cybersecurity field or just want to build up their own skills.

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    2. Middlebury Boys & Girls Clubs STEAM Lab

      The Middlebury site of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Elkhart County is now offering kids the chance to get even more hands on education through its brand new STEAM Lab. Along with the science and math skills, kids will be able to grow through the arts in this nurturing environment.

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    3. SPARK Business Accelerator

      SPARK Business Accelerator at Saint Mary's College is a 13-week program within the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative. It empowers women with business knowledge and personal development to start or launch their business. The program has also created a network community for business owners and mentors.

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    4. ONE mental health campaign

      School City of Mishawaka has launched the ONE mental health campaign. The goal of One is to promote mental wellness, reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and connect students and staff with resources that support these efforts. The program helps create ongoing conversations around mental health.

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  • June 2nd, 2021 and Jul... Episode #536

    Education Counts looks for the best ideas in education across our region. This week we sit in on an African drumming kindergarten music class. We visit the expanded Robinson Center Learning Center and see how the accredited program includes preschool for community families. Learn about how the Wagon Wheel Conservatory offers programs for students and adults who want to learn about theater production. See dinosaurs up close in Mishawaka Parks while using a new AR app.

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    1. Early Childhood Program

      The Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend has been providing a preschool program for the past decade, but it was only available to the children of adults on site. After moving into its new home, now offers high quality early childhood education to the public.

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    2. Dinosaur Discovery

      Dinosaurs are a popular interest to many young explorers. Because they Earth millions of years ago, it can be hard to picture what they may have looked like roaming around. A new augmented reality experience through the Mishawaka Parks and Recreation Department will let little learners see dinosaurs in a modern-day setting.

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    3. Wagon Wheel Conservatory

      The Wagon Wheel Conservatory gives students the opportunity to know what it takes to play a part in large productions. With courses run by experienced theater professionals, they teach students the importance of finding their own unique-authentic voices on stage or behind the scenes.

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    4. African Drumming and Music Program

      At the Discovery Enrichment Center in Benton Harbor, students are given the opportunity to learn through various social and cognitive activities and programs. The new African Drumming and Music Program teaches students about different instruments and gives them the opportunity to play and learn through sound.

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  • July 7th, 2021 Episode #541

    Education Counts highlights programs and initiatives in education. This week, find out how to make your brain Bendable. See how kids can learn to read with Page the Puppy. Discover how adults in Michigan can go back to school, tuition free. Learn how the Empowerment Zone is taking a holistic approach to education.

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