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    September 8th, 2021

    Airdate: September 8, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana showcases some of the best programs and initiatives in education. We're always looking for ideas in teaching and learning that range from pre-k to lifelong learning. This wee... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana showcases some of the best programs and initiatives in education. We're always looking for ideas in teaching and learning that range from pre-k to lifelong learning. This week we visited the Learning Gardens in Elkhart, EdTech in the Bend, Dial-A-Story in LaPorte and Project Lead the Way in Berrien Springs.

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      EdTech in the Bend Conference

      In September, educators from all over Michiana will come to South Bend to improve their use of technology in the classroom. The annual conference is called EdTech in the Bend, where attendees can expe... (Show More)

      In September, educators from all over Michiana will come to South Bend to improve their use of technology in the classroom. The annual conference is called EdTech in the Bend, where attendees can expect to learn new tips and tricks from the experts... and from each other.

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    August 25th, 2021

    Airdate: August 25, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana celebrates innovative ideas in teaching and learning. This week we visit a site that enables students of all ability to engage with reading in different formats. See how Amer... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana celebrates innovative ideas in teaching and learning. This week we visit a site that enables students of all ability to engage with reading in different formats. See how AmeriCorps in impacting learning and teaching in our region. Make IN Move is bridging the gap between students and advanced manufacturing. Discover how project-based fellowships and public private partnering retain local talent and innovation.

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      AmeriCorps

      A federal program that helps volunteers develop new educational programs also helps them further their own education. They’re not going abroad with the Peace Corps, but doing a year of service r... (Show More)

      A federal program that helps volunteers develop new educational programs also helps them further their own education. They’re not going abroad with the Peace Corps, but doing a year of service right here in Michiana with AmeriCorps.

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    June 9th, 2021 and August 11th, 2021

    Airdate: August 11, 2021

    Education Counts seeks programs in education that empower students of all ages. This week, learn how Dial-A-Story engages those young and old in search of a story read aloud. Discover how the Snite Mu... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks programs in education that empower students of all ages. This week, learn how Dial-A-Story engages those young and old in search of a story read aloud. Discover how the Snite Museum of Art is bringing together adults and children to learn together. Find out how teenager mental health is top of mind in Warsaw. Follow Project Lead the Way in Berrien Springs.

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      Dial-A-Story

      Nothing beats hearing a story read out loud. The La Porte County Public Library's Dial-A-Story program provides age appropriate stories for children, teens and even adults. We take a look and a listen... (Show More)

      Nothing beats hearing a story read out loud. The La Porte County Public Library's Dial-A-Story program provides age appropriate stories for children, teens and even adults. We take a look and a listen at how these stories are brought to life.

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    June 23rd, 2021 and August 4th, 2021

    Airdate: August 4, 2021

    This week on Education Counts, we discover a pre-kindergarten program that the South Bend Community School Corporation created for the community. We visit the Wagon Wheel Conservatory, a new learning ... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts, we discover a pre-kindergarten program that the South Bend Community School Corporation created for the community. We visit the Wagon Wheel Conservatory, a new learning space for those who want experience in theatre. We learn about the Field Scholar Program at Bethel University which is fast-tracking working students. We see how instruments are creating a bridge to other cultures at the Discovery Enrichment Center.

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      Field Scholar Program

      A college degree can be a valuable tool when it comes to career paths. But the cost of attending college often keeps people away. The Field Scholar Program at Bethel University in Mishawaka partners w... (Show More)

      A college degree can be a valuable tool when it comes to career paths. But the cost of attending college often keeps people away. The Field Scholar Program at Bethel University in Mishawaka partners with local employers to provide either a low or no debt option for students to earn their degree.

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    June 16th, 2021 and July 21st, 2021

    Airdate: July 21, 2021

    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... (Show More)

    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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      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 of... (Show More)

      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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      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 l... (Show More)

      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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    June 2nd, 2021 and July 14th, 2021

    Airdate: July 14, 2021

    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... (Show More)

    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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      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 exp... (Show More)

      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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    May 19th, 2021

    Airdate: May 19, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana serves up more stories about education that are impactful inside and outside the classroom. This week, learn how the Empowerment Zone includes families in the philosophy of e... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana serves up more stories about education that are impactful inside and outside the classroom. This week, learn how the Empowerment Zone includes families in the philosophy of education. See how the Master It Classes are teaching financial independence in student loan debt and home ownership. Staying in the financial theme, My Dollar, Your Dollar is a children's book series about the power of investing. Neighbor to Neighbor is a community program that helps the transition from refugee to new resident and navigating the new surroundings.

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      Master It Series

      Becoming a master of your own finances is an important step towards independence and stability. Lacasa, in Goshen has a set of five classes known as the Master It Series. Participants learn how to bes... (Show More)

      Becoming a master of your own finances is an important step towards independence and stability. Lacasa, in Goshen has a set of five classes known as the Master It Series. Participants learn how to best manage their money in areas like student loan debt and home ownership.

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      Neighbor to Neighbor

      Imagine leaving your home and finding yourself in a place where nothing seems familiar. This is the reality for refugees who have made their way to the United States. Neighbor to Neighbo... (Show More)

      Imagine leaving your home and finding yourself in a place where nothing seems familiar. This is the reality for refugees who have made their way to the United States. Neighbor to Neighbor works to connect these people with others from the Michiana area to help them learn about their new surroundings.        

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      My Dollar, Your Dollar

      "My Dollar, Your Dollar" is a book written by Latoya Holmes, an entrepreneur with a deep passion for children. She wants to instill in parents, that there are other valuable things to teach a child as... (Show More)

      "My Dollar, Your Dollar" is a book written by Latoya Holmes, an entrepreneur with a deep passion for children. She wants to instill in parents, that there are other valuable things to teach a child aside from the basics. Investments and trading are two things that she covers in her children's book that she hopes will help their futures and give them a head start towards acquiring generational wealth.

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      Empowerment Zone

      The South Bend Empowerment Zone is an organization that sees where improvements need to be made towards a child's education, and they are doing what it takes to ensure that their is a progressive flow... (Show More)

      The South Bend Empowerment Zone is an organization that sees where improvements need to be made towards a child's education, and they are doing what it takes to ensure that their is a progressive flow from elementary to middle and beyond. They do so by providing much needed love, support, and empowerment to the families that attend their schools.

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    May 12th, 2021

    Airdate: May 12, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana is always looking for the best practice in educating young and old. This week, learn about the Cicada Safari and how you can become a citizen scientist. Discover how stories ... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana is always looking for the best practice in educating young and old. This week, learn about the Cicada Safari and how you can become a citizen scientist. Discover how stories come to life through Little Learners Story Time in Plymouth. See how students are learning about golf indoors and out at South Bend's oldest golf course. Find out how to navigate internships that lead to career paths through Work and Learn Indiana.

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      Cicada Safari

      Broods of cicadas only emerge once every 17 years. This summer Brood X will be emerging across multiple states. Cicada Safari is an app designed to let anyone with a smart phone document these cicadas... (Show More)

      Broods of cicadas only emerge once every 17 years. This summer Brood X will be emerging across multiple states. Cicada Safari is an app designed to let anyone with a smart phone document these cicadas and help scientists study these noisy insects.

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      Work and Learn Indiana

      Work and Learn Indiana, formally known as InternNet, is a site that at one point only helped connect students and employers to college internships across the state. Though their mission hasn’t c... (Show More)

      Work and Learn Indiana, formally known as InternNet, is a site that at one point only helped connect students and employers to college internships across the state. Though their mission hasn’t change, they now hope to help connect high schoolers, career changers, and other opportunity seekers find the right career paths for them, through their easy to navigate site.

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    May 5th, 2021

    Airdate: May 5, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana is always on the lookout for innovative educational programs. This week we met Page the Puppy to discover how preschoolers are learning to love reading. The Thought Leadershi... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana is always on the lookout for innovative educational programs. This week we met Page the Puppy to discover how preschoolers are learning to love reading. The Thought Leadership Program is connecting educational ideas and excellence. See how the YMCA in Kosciusko Counts has created inclusive programs for people of all abilities. Learn how CAPS is providing child abuse awareness training in Elkhart.

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      Thought Leadership Conference

      Creating a culture of inclusion, diversity and equity is important to consider in this day and age. One of the best ways to learn about the best ways to create this understanding is by bringing togeth... (Show More)

      Creating a culture of inclusion, diversity and equity is important to consider in this day and age. One of the best ways to learn about the best ways to create this understanding is by bringing together people to discuss these areas. We look at how the Thought Leadership Conference brings together leaders from around the world to share their ideas.

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      Child Abuse Awareness

      Anyone who works with children on a regular basis learns how to spot the warning signs of child abuse or neglect. But people who don't work with kids may not know them. That's why organizations like C... (Show More)

      Anyone who works with children on a regular basis learns how to spot the warning signs of child abuse or neglect. But people who don't work with kids may not know them. That's why organizations like CAPS in Elkhart provide training to members of the community to help keep kids safe and healthy.

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      Kosciusko Community YMCA Inclusive Programming

      The YMCA of Kosciusko County wants to ensure that all their guest are being accommodated, and that includes anyone with special needs. Their aim is to introduce more inclusive programs for both young ... (Show More)

      The YMCA of Kosciusko County wants to ensure that all their guest are being accommodated, and that includes anyone with special needs. Their aim is to introduce more inclusive programs for both young and old.

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    April 21st, 2021

    Airdate: April 21, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana celebrates programs and initiatives that are impacting our region in and out of classrooms. This week learn what students at Concord will learn by participating in esports. H... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana celebrates programs and initiatives that are impacting our region in and out of classrooms. This week learn what students at Concord will learn by participating in esports. Hornets and Hippos are an educational guide for children and parents to learn about anxiety, mental health and mindfulness. See how the state of Michigan is helping adult students go back to school in the Reconnect Program. Discover the three things needed in education - innovation, collaboration and funding.

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      Hornets and Hippos

      Dr. Margaret Ann Jessop is a licensed child psychologist who since her early twenties as a preschool teacher, had a passion for educating children and writing stories catered towards them. She hopes t... (Show More)

      Dr. Margaret Ann Jessop is a licensed child psychologist who since her early twenties as a preschool teacher, had a passion for educating children and writing stories catered towards them. She hopes that through her books Hornets & Hippos, she can convey her knowledge about attachment theory, mindfulness, and neuropsychology interventionism, as a means to prevent problems and address developing ones in children. One book is filled with relatable stories about dealing with anxiety and mental difficulties, the other is an interactive guide with cool activities to help children understand the brain functions, mindfulness techniques, and much more.

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      3 Important Things in Education

      There are many factors to weigh when it comes to graduation and employment rates for Indiana residents. By looking at it from a macro level we can all see where and how we are helping and distributing... (Show More)

      There are many factors to weigh when it comes to graduation and employment rates for Indiana residents. By looking at it from a macro level we can all see where and how we are helping and distributing aid across the state, so that students and workers can aim their efforts higher. Brian Wiebe, CEO of the Horizon Education Alliance, talks to us briefly about what we have been doing and where we could go, when making sure Indiana residents are getting the most "bang for their buck" in their educational pursuits.

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      Michigan Reconnect

      Life never stops moving and finding time and money to go back to school isn't always easy. To help make getting those advanced skills easier, the state of Michigan launched the Reconnect Program. Elig... (Show More)

      Life never stops moving and finding time and money to go back to school isn't always easy. To help make getting those advanced skills easier, the state of Michigan launched the Reconnect Program. Eligible applicants are able to take courses at schools like Lake Michigan College for no cost.

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    April 14th, 2021

    Airdate: April 14, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana is always spotlighting regional and national programs and initiatives that impact education and put it in a positive light. This week learn about the child well being dashboa... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana is always spotlighting regional and national programs and initiatives that impact education and put it in a positive light. This week learn about the child well being dashboard in Elkhart. Go on location for a production shoot that is turning one senior's script into a film at John Adams High School. Students who need help with homework have a hotline - AskRose. See how the Promise Scholarship in Michigan City can help students continue learning beyond high school.

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      Pigasus Pictures Presents Renegade

      Renegade is a screenplay written by Sam Stanton, a South Bend Adams High School senior. Renegade is about a near perfect student who decides to break out of his norm on the last day of school. The Scr... (Show More)

      Renegade is a screenplay written by Sam Stanton, a South Bend Adams High School senior. Renegade is about a near perfect student who decides to break out of his norm on the last day of school. The Screenplay was selected in a statewide contest sponsored by Pigasus Pictures of Bloomington, Ind., for professional development this spring.

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      Michigan City's Promise Scholarship

      The Promise Scholarship for Michigan City high schoolers isn't just about ensuring payment towards a college education. It's about building the community and taking a load off of families. Their missi... (Show More)

      The Promise Scholarship for Michigan City high schoolers isn't just about ensuring payment towards a college education. It's about building the community and taking a load off of families. Their mission is to show the importance and to raise performance of their students' educational aspirations.

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    April 7th, 2021

    Airdate: April 7, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana features programs and initiatives in education that impact our region. This week, we celebrate the Ken Burns' documentary about Ernest Hemingway. Our feature is an educationa... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana features programs and initiatives in education that impact our region. This week, we celebrate the Ken Burns' documentary about Ernest Hemingway. Our feature is an educational exhibit in Benton Harbor that connects Michigan to Cuba through a sculptor and imagination. Learn what 20% Time is and how free time can cultivate growth in students. School Without Walls is a program in Elkhart that is empowering students and their success in education. See how Hoosier Talent Network connects employers and potential employees and skills.

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      Ernest Hemingway Project

      The Ernest Hemingway project aims to help people learn more about this legendary author, but also informing the Benton Harbor community about his roots in Cuba. This is all in an effort to educate and... (Show More)

      The Ernest Hemingway project aims to help people learn more about this legendary author, but also informing the Benton Harbor community about his roots in Cuba. This is all in an effort to educate and inform people about his life and the influence Cuba had on his writings. As well as inspire people to travel more.

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    March 17th, 2021

    Airdate: March 17, 2021

    On this week's episode of Education Counts Michiana, discover how the Niles District Library has created Video Games Dialogues and how it leads to artful conversations. South Bend Code School teaches ... (Show More)

    On this week's episode of Education Counts Michiana, discover how the Niles District Library has created Video Games Dialogues and how it leads to artful conversations. South Bend Code School teaches students how to design through coding and offers knowledge to all ages. Mama's Against Violence teaches the civics of violence, social justice and restoring community. The Coastline Children's Film Festival goes virtual.

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      Coastline Children's Film Festival Goes Virtual

      For the past decade, the Coastline Children's Film Festival has been providing young people the chance to see movies they may have never seen other places. But the pandemic caused last year's festival... (Show More)

      For the past decade, the Coastline Children's Film Festival has been providing young people the chance to see movies they may have never seen other places. But the pandemic caused last year's festival to be canceled. This year, the festival has made a comeback through a virtual platform to bring the magic of these films into people's homes.

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      Video Game Dialogues

      Video games are more than just a fun hobby to do in our free time. They are also loaded with easter eggs that can reveal historical and educational materials for players. At the Niles District Library... (Show More)

      Video games are more than just a fun hobby to do in our free time. They are also loaded with easter eggs that can reveal historical and educational materials for players. At the Niles District Library, their Video Games Dialogue club, opens discussions to the community about these findings, while also giving people a place to socialize and build community in the midst of a pandemic.

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      Mama's Against Violence

      Violence is an inevitable yet very disrupting aspect of life. However mothers in the South Bend and Michiana area, who are the unwarranted victims of violence, want to educated the youth and community... (Show More)

      Violence is an inevitable yet very disrupting aspect of life. However mothers in the South Bend and Michiana area, who are the unwarranted victims of violence, want to educated the youth and community on how a violent act affects us all. They do this by spreading awareness and also providing a place of community and understanding for those who have lost a loved one to violence.

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    March 10th, 2021

    Airdate: March 10, 2021

    Catch another episode of Education Counts for more ideas in education. Learn how the Boys Scouts of America offers leadership and skills in education to everyone. See how Alpha Kappa Alpha is grooming... (Show More)

    Catch another episode of Education Counts for more ideas in education. Learn how the Boys Scouts of America offers leadership and skills in education to everyone. See how Alpha Kappa Alpha is grooming young ladies for success in education and life through training and scholarship opportunities. Discover how to become Bendable and acquire stackable skills through the St. Joseph County Public Library. Witness the I Am the Greatest project and how it is transforming students in its after-school program.

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      Bendable

      Being an adult doesn't mean there aren't still things out there to learn. Bendable is a multimedia platform where adults can learn anything from starting a business to learning parenting skills. We ta... (Show More)

      Being an adult doesn't mean there aren't still things out there to learn. Bendable is a multimedia platform where adults can learn anything from starting a business to learning parenting skills. We take a look at how Bendable has grown since it first launched.

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      Alpha Kappa Alphas Scholarship Cotillion

      Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's mission is to make sure that young minorities in the Michiana area, are continuing to break generational curses, by pursuing higher education. They do this with their scho... (Show More)

      Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's mission is to make sure that young minorities in the Michiana area, are continuing to break generational curses, by pursuing higher education. They do this with their scholarship cotillion that teaches, young ladies & their cotillion escorts, the importance of their value in society, as well as how to build vital connections for their futures. The ladies are then able to contend for scholarships from the sorority, towards their academic advancement.

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      ARS Gallery's 10 Year Anniversary of the "I Am the Greatest Project"

      John Suave is an artist from the Michiana area who rose to prominence in 2012, presenting 16 of his sculptures for the "I Am the Greatest" project at ARS Gallery. This project has since been in contin... (Show More)

      John Suave is an artist from the Michiana area who rose to prominence in 2012, presenting 16 of his sculptures for the "I Am the Greatest" project at ARS Gallery. This project has since been in continuance, spreading inspiration and creativity, to the community, through the gallery's workshops.

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    March 3rd & 24th, 2021

    Airdate: March 3, 2021

    Education Counts highlights local and regional initiatives that are making a difference in Michiana. Learn where teenagers writers can get practice and feedback through the Get Inked Teen Writing Conf... (Show More)

    Education Counts highlights local and regional initiatives that are making a difference in Michiana. Learn where teenagers writers can get practice and feedback through the Get Inked Teen Writing Conference. Discover how Strong Beginnings helps parents and preschoolers be ready for the transition to kindergarten. The SPARC Project at the University of Notre Dame is helping build better communication skills and strengthen relationships in families with disabled children with siblings. See how Kindness to Prevent Blindness is helping children excel in the classroom.

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      The SPARC Project

      The SPARC Project at the University of Notre Dame is working to strengthen relationships and support communication in families with a child who is either intellectually or developmentally disabled. Th... (Show More)

      The SPARC Project at the University of Notre Dame is working to strengthen relationships and support communication in families with a child who is either intellectually or developmentally disabled. The other goal is to find the best ways to promote effective communication and conflict resolution.

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    February 17th, 2021

    Airdate: February 17, 2021

    Education Counts looks for quality education and programs that impact our community. This week find out how a bilingual preschool at Jefferson Elementary in Plymouth is preparing students for kinderga... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for quality education and programs that impact our community. This week find out how a bilingual preschool at Jefferson Elementary in Plymouth is preparing students for kindergarten. See how Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is arming students with skills for education, the workplace and life. Learn how 50/50 Mentoring at the Benton Harbor Readiness Center trains high school students for work and volunteerism while mentoring elementary students. Discover how the 21st Century Scholar Success Initiative will lead more students to college.

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      Benton Harbor Readiness Center 50/50 Mentoring Program

      The Benton Harbor Readiness Center provides a safe after school environment for kids to get help with homework and provides teens with valuable work experience, through their 50/50 Mentoring Program. ... (Show More)

      The Benton Harbor Readiness Center provides a safe after school environment for kids to get help with homework and provides teens with valuable work experience, through their 50/50 Mentoring Program. They believe that it’s vital to the community, to provide both children and teens with stimulating and productive after school activities.

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    February 10th, 2021

    Airdate: February 10, 2021

    Education Counts seeks innovative ways people are learning. Discover how the South Bend Civic Theatre is adapting its educational initiatives. See how kids can connect through letter writing librarian... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks innovative ways people are learning. Discover how the South Bend Civic Theatre is adapting its educational initiatives. See how kids can connect through letter writing librarians in Goshen. Manchester University students are (Re)Imagining Leadership. Learn how to join The Great Conversation around classic books in Dowagiac.

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      South Bend Civic Theatre Educational Programs

      The South Bend Civic Theatre works to provide more than just entertainment. And they're working even harder to provide community connection even in tough times. We explore their educational programs a... (Show More)

      The South Bend Civic Theatre works to provide more than just entertainment. And they're working even harder to provide community connection even in tough times. We explore their educational programs as well as what they're doing moving forward.

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      The Great Conversation Book Club

      Reading classical literature isn't something that just happens in a classroom or that is studied by experts. It's also something any average reader can take part in. Dowagiac District Library wants to... (Show More)

      Reading classical literature isn't something that just happens in a classroom or that is studied by experts. It's also something any average reader can take part in. Dowagiac District Library wants to know what you have to say about these reads, at The Great Conversation book club.

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      Librarian Pen Pals

      In the digital age, some forms of communication have become obsolete. However, Goshen Public Library believes that some forms of communication shouldn't be disregarded too soon. That's why they are wr... (Show More)

      In the digital age, some forms of communication have become obsolete. However, Goshen Public Library believes that some forms of communication shouldn't be disregarded too soon. That's why they are writing letters to children, in the midst of our social distanced present. They believe written communication isn't a dead art, and can also have numerous benefits for the children and librarians involved.

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    December 9th, 2020

    Airdate: December 9, 2020

    This week on Education Counts we highlight our stories about programs and initiatives that are helping students learn. This week find out how students in Elkhart and Goshen can use live tutors through... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts we highlight our stories about programs and initiatives that are helping students learn. This week find out how students in Elkhart and Goshen can use live tutors through Brainfuse. See an emergency preparedness training facility for first responders. Learn how Teaching Books is making a difference for young readers. Discover what students are learning through paid apprenticeships in Elkhart County.

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      Modern Youth Apprenticeships

      Career Wise's Modern Youth Apprenticeship program, gives students a fresh take on what it means to be an apprentice. They encourage students to pursue careers in modern industries, with paid jobs that... (Show More)

      Career Wise's Modern Youth Apprenticeship program, gives students a fresh take on what it means to be an apprentice. They encourage students to pursue careers in modern industries, with paid jobs that they can also balance with their academic careers.

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      Emergency Professional Training

      The MAAC Foundation-Emergency Services Training Center, established in 2016, is a place where firefighters, police officers, and EMS are given opportunities to enhance their skills. Training consist o... (Show More)

      The MAAC Foundation-Emergency Services Training Center, established in 2016, is a place where firefighters, police officers, and EMS are given opportunities to enhance their skills. Training consist of classroom and practical application programs, that aim to enhance their critical thinking , functioning in preparedness and response skills.

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    December 2nd, 2020

    Airdate: December 2, 2020

    Education Counts looks for the best programs and initiatives in education. This week we feature an internship program that teaches farm management and sustainability at Bertrand Farm. Families can lea... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for the best programs and initiatives in education. This week we feature an internship program that teaches farm management and sustainability at Bertrand Farm. Families can learn about nature and earn badges and pins through a program called Hoosier Quest. Students explore the process of manufacturing and meet potential employers through Goshen's Virtual Manufacturing Day. Joint Educational Services in Special Education (J.E.S.S.E) is a program ensuring students with special needs have resources for success in school.

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      Bertrand Farm Internship Program

      Bertrand Farm in Niles, MI looks towards interns to help out with their day to day duties. By employing the help of interns they are able to not only save money on farm labor, but also inspire them to... (Show More)

      Bertrand Farm in Niles, MI looks towards interns to help out with their day to day duties. By employing the help of interns they are able to not only save money on farm labor, but also inspire them to pursue careers in agriculture.

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      Hoosier Quest

      One of the best ways to learn about nature is to get out and actually explore it. The Hoosier Quest program offers and fun way to encourage people to get and out and explore Indiana's State Parks and ... (Show More)

      One of the best ways to learn about nature is to get out and actually explore it. The Hoosier Quest program offers and fun way to encourage people to get and out and explore Indiana's State Parks and earn a patch or a pin along the way.

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      Virtual Manufacturing Day

      Manufacturing day is a day where students are able to see first hand the work that goes into working in a local manufacturing business. These events are to help students learn about different career p... (Show More)

      Manufacturing day is a day where students are able to see first hand the work that goes into working in a local manufacturing business. These events are to help students learn about different career paths as well as meeting possible employers. This years MFG day was different because it was all virtual.

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    November 18th, 2020

    Airdate: November 18, 2020

    Education Counts seeks to promote initiatives in education that are successful and inspire replication. This week we feature a sustainability program at Hollywood Elementary School in Stevensville tha... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks to promote initiatives in education that are successful and inspire replication. This week we feature a sustainability program at Hollywood Elementary School in Stevensville that is teaching students where their food comes from. Colere Quartet is inspiring future musicians to pick up an instrument and learn to play. P.A.C.T. stands for Promise Academy for Conflict Transformation which gives students tools for expressing emotion and helping them respond to conflict in more positive ways. Learn about the history behind women gaining the right to vote, who local key players were and how it has impacted our region.

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      Votes for Women Exhibit

      It was only a century ago that women in the United States were given the right to vote in elections. The History Museum in South Bend is honoring those who fought for that right in their Votes for W... (Show More)

      It was only a century ago that women in the United States were given the right to vote in elections. The History Museum in South Bend is honoring those who fought for that right in their Votes for Women Exhibit.        

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      P.A.C.T.

      The Center for Community Justice is trying to erase the words "at risk" and replace them with "at promise", in regards to teens who have made bad decisions when it comes to emotional expression. They ... (Show More)

      The Center for Community Justice is trying to erase the words "at risk" and replace them with "at promise", in regards to teens who have made bad decisions when it comes to emotional expression. They want to shape these young people into adults who are responsible with their emotional expression so that they not only avoid making impulsive decisions that they may regret, but that they also transform their community through their positive actions.

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    November 11th, 2020

    Airdate: November 11, 2020

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, see how teachers are coping with change fatigue, discover what's in store for students who are part of the activity club at Culver-Union Township Public Library... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, see how teachers are coping with change fatigue, discover what's in store for students who are part of the activity club at Culver-Union Township Public Library, learn about new app that's connecting students and homework study and find out how girls at the Benton Harbor Girls Academy are learning confidence through academics. Education Counts Michiana highlights programs and initiatives that are working to provide the best in teaching and leanring.

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      Change Fatigue

      Change is always happening. And it's happened even more so in the world of education. But often times, too much change can lead to Change Fatigue. We find out how all educators are able to cope with... (Show More)

      Change is always happening. And it's happened even more so in the world of education. But often times, too much change can lead to Change Fatigue. We find out how all educators are able to cope with change and adapt for the future.        

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      Activity Club at Culver-Union Township Library

      In this age of e-learning, it is easy for children to miss out on valuable social and hands on learning opportunities. Culver-Union Township Public Library wants to do its part by picking up where sch... (Show More)

      In this age of e-learning, it is easy for children to miss out on valuable social and hands on learning opportunities. Culver-Union Township Public Library wants to do its part by picking up where schools leave off. Their Activity Club gives students an outlet to participate in lots of neat projects, and to also communicate with others in a safe and hygienic atmosphere.

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    October 21st, 2020

    Airdate: October 21, 2020

    Education Counts is looking for innovative ways to teach, learn and create understanding. This week, discover how students are learning about aviation through Civil Air Patrol program at John Adams ... (Show More)

    Education Counts is looking for innovative ways to teach, learn and create understanding. This week, discover how students are learning about aviation through Civil Air Patrol program at John Adams High School in South Bend. See how students are learning the business of radio broadcasting through internships at WSMK/WNIL. See how the Southwest Michigan Miracle League is a place for all athletes of any ability can be included and part of a team. Celebrate student creativity through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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      WSMK/WNIL Radio Broadcasting Internships

      WSMK and its' sister station WNIL are radio stations based out of Niles, Michigan that provide the Michiana region with Adult Contemporary music, Oldies, as well as the opportunity to advertise goods ... (Show More)

      WSMK and its' sister station WNIL are radio stations based out of Niles, Michigan that provide the Michiana region with Adult Contemporary music, Oldies, as well as the opportunity to advertise goods and equipment from local residents on their show Swap Shop. However, there is much more to running a radio station than just the on-air qualities. They welcome interns into their doors to learn about their overall functions of a radio station, while also giving them the opportunity to express their creative voice.

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    October 14th, 2020

    Airdate: October 14, 2020

    This week on Education Counts we have four more segments featuring innovation in education. Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library launched a program that lets students explore other countries. Learn ho... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts we have four more segments featuring innovation in education. Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library launched a program that lets students explore other countries. Learn how the Gentlemen and Scholars' Spelling Bee Explosion teaches confidence and engages students in public speaking. Elkhart Schools share tools for parents for distance learning. See what steps Michigan City Virtual Academy has adapted to flexible learning.

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      Michigan City Virtual Academy

      Michigan City has been prepared to teach children virtually. Their Virtual Academy was founded in 2019, and in 2020 saw a surge in enrollment due to more schools taking teaching digital. Michigan City... (Show More)

      Michigan City has been prepared to teach children virtually. Their Virtual Academy was founded in 2019, and in 2020 saw a surge in enrollment due to more schools taking teaching digital. Michigan City's Virtual Academy is perfect for students who want to add more flexibility to their day, and also participate in extracurricular programs.

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      Gentlemen and Scholars: Spelling Bee Explosion

      Gentlemen and Scholars has been on a mission to empower the youth in the Michiana area for years. They do this through their Spelling Bee Explosions. Though this year's spelling bee will be seen virtu... (Show More)

      Gentlemen and Scholars has been on a mission to empower the youth in the Michiana area for years. They do this through their Spelling Bee Explosions. Though this year's spelling bee will be seen virtually, the feelings are all the same. With their fourth annual Spelling Bee Explosion they are extending that mission by teaching students confidence and comfortability through public speaking.

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    October 7th, 2020

    Airdate: October 7, 2020

    Education Counts seeks programs and initiatives in education that are innovative and impactful. This week we feature B.E.A.R Reading Center that helps students who have reading hurdles. Teachers have ... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks programs and initiatives in education that are innovative and impactful. This week we feature B.E.A.R Reading Center that helps students who have reading hurdles. Teachers have a new resources in PBS Teacher Planning Kits. Learn about internship opportunities at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. See how adults are shaping young minds in education through the Slicer Champions Mentoring Program.

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      B.E.A.R. Reading Center

      The B.E.A.R Dyslexia Center is a non-profit that focuses on the proper education of children. They understand that some children need a bit more focused learning, so they work to ensure that they are ... (Show More)

      The B.E.A.R Dyslexia Center is a non-profit that focuses on the proper education of children. They understand that some children need a bit more focused learning, so they work to ensure that they are up to speed with the rest of their classmates. However with COVID, there are some changes to the methods that they will use to tutor these children.

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      Black Pine Internships

      The Exotic Animal Care Internship program that gives college students an immersive learning experience into the care taken at a wild life sanctuary. Black Pine Animal Park is home to over 100 exotic a... (Show More)

      The Exotic Animal Care Internship program that gives college students an immersive learning experience into the care taken at a wild life sanctuary. Black Pine Animal Park is home to over 100 exotic animals representing 55 different species. They believe that interns are what keeps the successful, but also promise students a worthwhile experience.

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    September 23rd, 2020

    Airdate: September 23, 2020

    We've got four new stories about education lined up for a new episode of Education Counts. Find out how Andrews University modified SciFest to include students across the nation in the annual event. L... (Show More)

    We've got four new stories about education lined up for a new episode of Education Counts. Find out how Andrews University modified SciFest to include students across the nation in the annual event. Learn how public television is experimenting with datacasting to deliver educational materials to students in weak internet areas of the country. Robinson Community Learning Center has a new building, a new look and will be able to provide more services for students in South Bend. Take a virtual tour through the Civil Rights Heritage Center.

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      New Robinson Community Learning Center

      The Robinson Community Center in South Bend has always served as a place for people of all ages to find enrichment. And now, after moving into a brand new building, we discover what can be expected of... (Show More)

      The Robinson Community Center in South Bend has always served as a place for people of all ages to find enrichment. And now, after moving into a brand new building, we discover what can be expected of this larger space.

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      Civil Rights Heritage Center Virtual Tour

      The Civil Rights Heritage Center is a staple, highlighting the strides African Americans have made in our community. They have opened their doors to encourage community engagement, through promoting o... (Show More)

      The Civil Rights Heritage Center is a staple, highlighting the strides African Americans have made in our community. They have opened their doors to encourage community engagement, through promoting open dialogues on cultural ongoings. They have now extended that open door digitally, giving people a virtual tour of the historical building, from their homes.

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    September 16th, 2020

    Airdate: September 16, 2020

    On this week's episode of Education Counts Michiana, see how Good Shepherd Montessori is getting kids outside and hands-on. Find out about the School of Wine and Viticulture at LaKe Michigan College a... (Show More)

    On this week's episode of Education Counts Michiana, see how Good Shepherd Montessori is getting kids outside and hands-on. Find out about the School of Wine and Viticulture at LaKe Michigan College and how students are learning the bigger business of wine making. Discover how the Innovation Moshpit is inspiring business growth. See how Ivy Tech Community College students and alumni are connecting to employers through the career connecting program.

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      Innovation Moshpit

      For small business owners, the name of the game is innovation, but learning how to innovate isn't always easy. Through the Innovation Moshpit at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne, ... (Show More)

      For small business owners, the name of the game is innovation, but learning how to innovate isn't always easy. Through the Innovation Moshpit at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne, small business owners are being equipped with the tools to make it through any situation.

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      Ivy Tech's Career Coaching and Employer Connections

      Ivy Tech Community College wants to ensure that their students are on the right career trajectory, even after graduating. The school has created a new program teaching students valuable skills to prop... (Show More)

      Ivy Tech Community College wants to ensure that their students are on the right career trajectory, even after graduating. The school has created a new program teaching students valuable skills to properly market themselves to employers. Ivy Tech is also putting students in direct connection with potential employers, so that they are working while learning the skills necessary for their employment pursuits.

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      Lake Michigan College: Wine and Viticulture

      Wine is not just crushed grapes, nor just an alcoholic beverage. Thats what professors at Lake Michigan College's school of Wine and Viticulture hope to instill in their students, as they learn the ar... (Show More)

      Wine is not just crushed grapes, nor just an alcoholic beverage. Thats what professors at Lake Michigan College's school of Wine and Viticulture hope to instill in their students, as they learn the art of wine making. People may not realize it, but wine contributes to the Michiana area's economy, and communities. Student's are taught about that, and how our area's wine sets us apart from other wine capitals.

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    September 9th, 2020

    Airdate: September 9, 2020

    We're always searching for programs and initiatives that further the education of students and teachers. This week, see how Elkhart schools are dealing with school uncertainty. Learn about IMPower and... (Show More)

    We're always searching for programs and initiatives that further the education of students and teachers. This week, see how Elkhart schools are dealing with school uncertainty. Learn about IMPower and how adults are learning about the basics of finances, the importance of community and business ownership. Discover how schools in LaGrange County are addressing emotional and mental health issues. Find out how flight simulators are engaging future pilots and paving the way for advanced learning on the ground.

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      IMPower Center

      To improve a community, it is the individuals within the community that need to be worked on. At IMPower, they believe just that. By empowering and educating the people of a community, the overall com... (Show More)

      To improve a community, it is the individuals within the community that need to be worked on. At IMPower, they believe just that. By empowering and educating the people of a community, the overall community improves. The entrepreneurs at IMPower want to teach marginalized groups the basics of finances, the importance of business ownership, and community, founded on Biblical teachings so that the community at large is a much better place for us all.

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      La Porte Municipal Airport's Aviation Simulator

      Learning to fly a plane is an easy feat at the La Porte Municipal Airport. Their flight simulator gives users the look and feel of actually taking flight, so much that it is also used by those in purs... (Show More)

      Learning to fly a plane is an easy feat at the La Porte Municipal Airport. Their flight simulator gives users the look and feel of actually taking flight, so much that it is also used by those in pursuit of their pilots license. They believe that in order to keep people interested in flying, they need to get people started flying as soon as possible. Flying is more hands on than you think.

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    September 2nd, 2020

    Airdate: September 2, 2020

    Education Counts looks for the best ideas in education. This week learn how students are being trained at the RV Technical Institute. See how adults are gaining economic freedom through classes and ce... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for the best ideas in education. This week learn how students are being trained at the RV Technical Institute. See how adults are gaining economic freedom through classes and certifications in the Freedom Academy. The Leadership Academy teaches how to be better community leaders and benefit the local economy. The Disability Network Southwest Michigan connects programs and services to people with mental and physical disability.

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      Freedom Academy

      Education can be a way for people to gain economic freedom. The Freedom Academy provides adults in several Indiana counties including LaGrange and Kosciuszko County with classes and certifications in ... (Show More)

      Education can be a way for people to gain economic freedom. The Freedom Academy provides adults in several Indiana counties including LaGrange and Kosciuszko County with classes and certifications in multiple fields like medical and technical to help adults either gain new skills or advance in their chosen industry.

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      Disability Network Southwest Michigan

      Disability Network Southwest Michigan works to make sure people with disabilities whether they're physical or mental are informed of the services available to them as well as teaching them how to be m... (Show More)

      Disability Network Southwest Michigan works to make sure people with disabilities whether they're physical or mental are informed of the services available to them as well as teaching them how to be more independent. These could include things like how to get a job or even live on their own. By educating those people along with those around them, the organization hopes everyone is capable of living life to the fullest.

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      RV Technical Institute

      Working on RVs may sound difficult but its not. You may also walk in thinking that it is similar to working on a car, but that is also untrue. RV Technical Institute in Elkhart, wants to get rid of al... (Show More)

      Working on RVs may sound difficult but its not. You may also walk in thinking that it is similar to working on a car, but that is also untrue. RV Technical Institute in Elkhart, wants to get rid of all the misconceptions around the maintenance of RVs, with their courses. They want people to know that being an RV Technician is accessible to everyone, and that it is easy to pick up with their hands on learning style.

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      Leadership Accelerator

      The Leadership Accelerator is a program that does just that. It teaches you about yourself and how you can best leverage your strengths and weaknesses to become a better leader in you community, in a ... (Show More)

      The Leadership Accelerator is a program that does just that. It teaches you about yourself and how you can best leverage your strengths and weaknesses to become a better leader in you community, in a holistic and exploratory way. They want to teach people how to channel their inner leader so that they not only become more valuable in their communities, but so that they can also benefit their local economy.

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    August 19th, 2020

    Airdate: August 19, 2020

    We are always in search of programs and initiatives in the name of education that are best practices and able to be replicated and adapted. This week on Education Counts we feature Goodwill's 2nd Chan... (Show More)

    We are always in search of programs and initiatives in the name of education that are best practices and able to be replicated and adapted. This week on Education Counts we feature Goodwill's 2nd Chance at Work program, a local program for adults that is helping bridge the gap between unemployed and gainfully employed. Purdue Polytechnic High School South Bend is giving students hands-on learning and skills through STEM projects and curriculum. HerMichiana spotlights education, training and resources that are available to women in need. The Lilly Endowment is helping preserve youth programs at risk of shuttering during the pandemic by supplying funding so the programs can make the impact they were designed for.

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      Goodwill's 2nd Chance at Work

      There is nothing wrong with wanting better for yourself, and the people at Goodwill Industries want to help you get there. They offer those who were formerly incarcerated, out of work, or under-employ... (Show More)

      There is nothing wrong with wanting better for yourself, and the people at Goodwill Industries want to help you get there. They offer those who were formerly incarcerated, out of work, or under-employed with job opportunities, with the "2nd Chance At Work" program. Their mission is to "help us get and keep our lives on track."

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      HerMichiana

      With all of the options a search engine can provide, it can get overwhelming narrowing down the proper resources to help you accomplish tasks. HerMichiana is a resource that wants to take a load off o... (Show More)

      With all of the options a search engine can provide, it can get overwhelming narrowing down the proper resources to help you accomplish tasks. HerMichiana is a resource that wants to take a load off of women in the Michiana area, by helping them pinpoint the right services for themselves and educating them on self-care. They offer classes, counseling and tons of training opportunities, like education of fertility, bills and budget management, continuing education, parenting support, and much more.

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    August 12th, 2020

    Airdate: August 12, 2020

    Education Counts seeks the best ideas in education regionally. Follow us to the La Porte County Public Library's Mobile Classroom that teaches STEM activities. Find out how Ivy Tech is keeping student... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks the best ideas in education regionally. Follow us to the La Porte County Public Library's Mobile Classroom that teaches STEM activities. Find out how Ivy Tech is keeping students digitally connected. See how students at Syracuse Elementary are learning healthy habits during lunch. Learn how Ring Lardner Middle School received a state fitness grant to develop the Don't Quit Fitness Center in Niles.

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      Free Laptop Incentive

      For students of all ages, technology is becoming more important than ever for academic success. To make sure students are prepared, Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart created an incentive program where they ... (Show More)

      For students of all ages, technology is becoming more important than ever for academic success. To make sure students are prepared, Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart created an incentive program where they will be giving away a free laptop computer to new or returning students for the fall.

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      La Porte County Public Library's Mobile Classroom

      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 oppo... (Show More)

      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.

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    August 5th, 2020

    Airdate: August 5, 2020

    Watch Education Counts Michiana for some of the best practices in education. Visit YouthBuild to see how students are learning more than how to build houses. The 2020 Summer Reading Program in Kewanna... (Show More)

    Watch Education Counts Michiana for some of the best practices in education. Visit YouthBuild to see how students are learning more than how to build houses. The 2020 Summer Reading Program in Kewanna has some special elements to make reading fun. The Next Level Jobs Program is a statewide program in Indiana providing training and expertise in the changing workforce. Find out how Grace Learning Center is teaching adult students how to overcome obstacles by providing classes on a variety of subjects.

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      Next Level Jobs

      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 trainin... (Show More)

      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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    July 22nd, 2020

    Airdate: July 22, 2020

    Education Counts Michiana looks for the best in local education programs and resources from pre-k through lifelong learning. This week find our how "Coffee With a Purpose" is a program through Jobs fo... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana looks for the best in local education programs and resources from pre-k through lifelong learning. This week find our how "Coffee With a Purpose" is a program through Jobs for Michigan's Graduates in getting real conversations started. The Applied Internship Program is a South Bend-Elkhart program teaching students about start-ups and entrepreneurship. The Merry Lea Summer session through Goshen College connects students to nature and gives teachers the tools the bring nature into their classrooms. The University of Notre Dame teaches equity in the workplace making the environment welcoming, fair and impartial.

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      Coffee with a Purpose

      Job's for Michigan's Graduates and Youth Solutions works to provide high school students with the tools they need to find success. Academics are important, but so is finding a safe place to discuss di... (Show More)

      Job's for Michigan's Graduates and Youth Solutions works to provide high school students with the tools they need to find success. Academics are important, but so is finding a safe place to discuss different topics. Through Coffee with a Purpose, they're creating a forum where people can take part in open discussion.

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      Equity in the Workplace

      Equity is the quality of being fair and impartial. However in many companies, fair treatment of some employees is overlooked. Equity in the workplace can be taught. The University of Notre Dame active... (Show More)

      Equity is the quality of being fair and impartial. However in many companies, fair treatment of some employees is overlooked. Equity in the workplace can be taught. The University of Notre Dame actively works towards ensuring that all their employees are given fair treatment.

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      Applied Entrepreneurship Program

      AEP (Applied Entrepreneurship Program) is where the college students who are "movers and shakers" in the South Bend and Elkhart region can go to get help with startups, non-profits, movements, and man... (Show More)

      AEP (Applied Entrepreneurship Program) is where the college students who are "movers and shakers" in the South Bend and Elkhart region can go to get help with startups, non-profits, movements, and many other entrepreneur related endeavors. It also teaches students valuable educational materials to help them further their community efforts.

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    July 15th, 2020

    Airdate: July 15, 2020

    Education Counts seeks the best practices in education from preschool through lifelong learning. Discover how Little Learner's Passports which readies Pulaski County students for kindergarten. PEAK Co... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks the best practices in education from preschool through lifelong learning. Discover how Little Learner's Passports which readies Pulaski County students for kindergarten. PEAK Community Services helps students with disabilities gain skills to enter the workforce in Starke, Cass and Pulaski Counties. See how lifelong learners can take a course at Michigan State University and be part of the Citizen Planner program. See how students from the University of Notre Dame are adapting to remote internships.

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      Citizen Planner Program

      Communities are always growing and changing and in to keep up, planning officials need to learn the best approaches and techniques. To make sure these officials have those tools, Michigan State Univer... (Show More)

      Communities are always growing and changing and in to keep up, planning officials need to learn the best approaches and techniques. To make sure these officials have those tools, Michigan State University offers a course called the Citizen Planner Program.

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      PEAK: Pre-Employment Transition Services

      PEAK Community Services provides students with disabilities, the skills necessary to enter the work force. They offer year round professional and work development services to help disadvantaged studen... (Show More)

      PEAK Community Services provides students with disabilities, the skills necessary to enter the work force. They offer year round professional and work development services to help disadvantaged students provide for themselves and their families. Their mission is far beyond just putting them in the work place. It's their passion to help others learn how to provide a better living for themselves, and to teach them how to grow as valuable community members.

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    July 1st, 2020

    Airdate: July 1, 2020

    Education Counts looks for educational programs to showcase the best in practice. Learn how the entire community can learn at their own pace by becoming Bendable. Students are getting career training ... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for educational programs to showcase the best in practice. Learn how the entire community can learn at their own pace by becoming Bendable. Students are getting career training on site through a program called AncillaWorks. Translate For Toddlers is helping expand vocabulary and social justice through reading. See what's in store for summer theater and learning at the South Bend Civic Theatre.

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      Summer Theater Series in the Park

      For the South Bend Civic Theatre, the show goes on. To make sure people will be able to enjoy performances safely, they teamed with with South Bend Venues Parks & Arts to create a summer theatre serie... (Show More)

      For the South Bend Civic Theatre, the show goes on. To make sure people will be able to enjoy performances safely, they teamed with with South Bend Venues Parks & Arts to create a summer theatre series at the local parks.

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      Translate for Toddlers

      Translate for toddlers is much more than just teaching toddlers a new language.Though they offer translated books, translation workshops, and bilingual readings in Spanish and French, this IU South Be... (Show More)

      Translate for toddlers is much more than just teaching toddlers a new language.Though they offer translated books, translation workshops, and bilingual readings in Spanish and French, this IU South Bend based organization also benefits adults. By translating books and comics to different languages, these translators are not only refining their language skills, but they are also using their skills to translate other things as well. The mission for Translate for Toddlers is to not only spread the awareness of other countries cultures but also to inform us on their shared societal issues.

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      Bendable

      Learning a new skill has never been easier in our digital age. Lifelong Learning or Bendable, wants to make it even easier with their services. Partnered with the St. Joseph County Public Library, the... (Show More)

      Learning a new skill has never been easier in our digital age. Lifelong Learning or Bendable, wants to make it even easier with their services. Partnered with the St. Joseph County Public Library, they are offering the community a database to learn whatever their heart's desire. This database is filled with links that lead to valuable content that can help you learn new trades, hobbies, tighten up on existing skills, or to even help you with homework.

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    June 17th, 2020

    Airdate: June 17, 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. Lea... (Show More)

    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.

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      Hard Hats & Heels, LLC

      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.... (Show More)

      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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      Ivy Tech: Adaptive Resources

      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 reachi... (Show More)

      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.

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    June 10th, 2020

    Airdate: June 10, 2020

    Education Counts seeks out the best in education for pre-k through lifelong learning. This week, learn how Niles S.T.E.A.M Room is making room for education. Potawatomi Zoo has transitioned to online ... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks out the best in education for pre-k through lifelong learning. This week, learn how Niles S.T.E.A.M Room is making room for education. Potawatomi Zoo has transitioned to online versions of classes. Meet an elementary education teacher who improvised music class. Manchester University announced free tuition for incoming students to lower barriers to education.

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      Potawatomi Zoo Online

      When the Potawatomi Zoo had to close to observe social distancing, they made sure people were still able to see them as a place of learning. They were able to move their classes to online versions mak... (Show More)

      When the Potawatomi Zoo had to close to observe social distancing, they made sure people were still able to see them as a place of learning. They were able to move their classes to online versions making sure the fun with animals didn't have to stop.

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      Niles S.T.E.A.M Room

      The Nile’s STEAM Room isn’t what you think it is. It’s name is actually an acronym for what it stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Manufacturing. It was created i... (Show More)

      The Nile’s STEAM Room isn’t what you think it is. It’s name is actually an acronym for what it stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Manufacturing. It was created in 2019 to work as an incubator for the local creatives' artistic endeavors and a center for learning. It is a place for learning for home schoolers and all students. Community members share knowledge and students are able to take classes to learn new skills.

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    May 27th, 2020

    Airdate: May 27, 2020

    Education Counts looks for best practices in teaching and learning. This week we’re looking at how pre-school in Cass County have adapted to distance learning. South Bend Community School Corporatio... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for best practices in teaching and learning. This week we’re looking at how pre-school in Cass County have adapted to distance learning. South Bend Community School Corporation has adapted to online learning for adult students. Tippecanoe Valley Middle School launched a 31-Day Mental Wellness Challenge for students, staff and teachers. The South Bend Civic Theatre has designed free online classes and experiences.

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      South Bend Civic Theatre Online

      If you've ever wanted to take a theater class but didn't have the time, the South Bend Civic Theatre has an opportunity for you. Online workshops are available at no cost and include subjects in multi... (Show More)

      If you've ever wanted to take a theater class but didn't have the time, the South Bend Civic Theatre has an opportunity for you. Online workshops are available at no cost and include subjects in multiple performing areas.

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      Valley Connects' 31 Day Mental Wellness Challenge

      Tippecanoe Valley Middle School in Akron is taking an alternative approach to ensuring the well being of students and staff. Not through a gym class, health class, or healthy diet. They are challengin... (Show More)

      Tippecanoe Valley Middle School in Akron is taking an alternative approach to ensuring the well being of students and staff. Not through a gym class, health class, or healthy diet. They are challenging their school community to prioritize their own mental health, for 31 days. It takes 21 days to build a habit, but they are taking an addition 10 to make sure that mental health is in tip top shape. They want to ensure that students and staff are more clear minded as they proceed with their daily routines during this prolonged at home stay.

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      SBCSC Adult Educations Goes Online

      Education is a vital source to the overall cognitive well-being of an individual. This applies to more than just K-12, but also adults who wish to expand their abilities. It is never too late to pursu... (Show More)

      Education is a vital source to the overall cognitive well-being of an individual. This applies to more than just K-12, but also adults who wish to expand their abilities. It is never too late to pursue an education, and to build a better life for yourself. However with the world trying its best to grasp on to structure, many adults are feeling discouraged from pursuing education in this climate. The SBCSC Adult Education program wants its students to feel at ease on their journey towards graduation, with an easy to use online program, and passionate educators.

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    May 13th, 2020

    Airdate: May 13, 2020

    Education Counts features stories that showcase best practices in and out of the classroom. Kindergartners at Akron Elementary were able to virtually be part of baby chicks hatching, an annual spring ... (Show More)

    Education Counts features stories that showcase best practices in and out of the classroom. Kindergartners at Akron Elementary were able to virtually be part of baby chicks hatching, an annual spring program at the school. Premier Arts in Elkhart has adapted to teaching, training and entertaining from afar. Students struggling with homework can call for assistance to the Retired Teachers Help Hotline. Enjoy a virtual field trip and take part in a scavenger hunt online at the Niles History Center.

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      Premier Arts' Online Content

      Like many other organizations during this time Premier Arts, the Resident Theatre of the Lerner Performing Arts Center, has to adapt the ways that it keeps its participants involvement. And like many ... (Show More)

      Like many other organizations during this time Premier Arts, the Resident Theatre of the Lerner Performing Arts Center, has to adapt the ways that it keeps its participants involvement. And like many other organizations, they are going online based as well. Premier Arts is now holding online based courses for a variety of the arts, as they believe the arts are just as vital to the community as any other resource.

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      Niles Historical Center's Online Center

      Students at Niles High School are given the chance to get hands on and project based learning through Niles New Tech. Students taking part in this program are held to the same standards as other stude... (Show More)

      Students at Niles High School are given the chance to get hands on and project based learning through Niles New Tech. Students taking part in this program are held to the same standards as other students, but complete their work through the use of technology and in group settings similar to a working environment.

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    May 6th, 2020

    Airdate: May 6, 2020

    Education Counts take a deeper look into At Home Learning, WNIT’s 34.5 that offers programs and teaching resources for students in grades 6-12th. Adaptive Arts eliminates barriers for distance learn... (Show More)

    Education Counts take a deeper look into At Home Learning, WNIT’s 34.5 that offers programs and teaching resources for students in grades 6-12th. Adaptive Arts eliminates barriers for distance learning through music. Plymouth High School students navigate virtual choir auditions from home. Bridgeman Schools have created a system of online learning that works for students in every grade level.

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      Music Lessons in Isolation

      Adaptive Arts has always helped break down barriers to allow anyone to be able to learn and play music. Even in times of social distancing and isolation, they're continuing that mission through the us... (Show More)

      Adaptive Arts has always helped break down barriers to allow anyone to be able to learn and play music. Even in times of social distancing and isolation, they're continuing that mission through the use of technology. Teachers and students are able to remain in contact and even play together through their digital screens.

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      At Home Learning on the World Channel

      The World Channel is full of resources and programs for students and teachers to stay educated and inspired from home. With many people being stuck at home, World Channel is dedicating hours between 1... (Show More)

      The World Channel is full of resources and programs for students and teachers to stay educated and inspired from home. With many people being stuck at home, World Channel is dedicating hours between 12-5, to at home learning for grades 6-12. WGBH's Liz Cheng and Elizabeth Gardner inform us about what they have to offer, why they do what they do, and how they are trying to make sure that education is ongoing, no matter the circumstances.

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    April 29th, 2020

    Airdate: April 29, 2020

    Project based learning is this week’s theme on Education Counts Michiana. Find out how projects and people are coming together at Dismas House. Niles New Tech is teaching students to think through p... (Show More)

    Project based learning is this week’s theme on Education Counts Michiana. Find out how projects and people are coming together at Dismas House. Niles New Tech is teaching students to think through projects in teams. The Innovation Academy at Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth is teaching middle school students the hands on approach to learning. South Bend Community Schools are adapting the classroom as a third teacher concept with success.

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      College Admissions

      Colleges and universities across the country have been closed due to recent events. This can leave many high school students wondering what to do about the future and higher education. We explore what... (Show More)

      Colleges and universities across the country have been closed due to recent events. This can leave many high school students wondering what to do about the future and higher education. We explore what Lake Michigan College has put in place to help prospective students make those informed decisions.

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      Alternative Spring Break at Dismas House

      The Dismas House residents welcome college students in yearly, to help around the house. They not only help by building pantries and other miscellaneous things, but they also build life long friendshi... (Show More)

      The Dismas House residents welcome college students in yearly, to help around the house. They not only help by building pantries and other miscellaneous things, but they also build life long friendships. This internship program helps the students gain volunteer experience, and also provides them and the residents, a different perspective. The purpose of the internship program is to give an alternative view than what they are used to, as well as establish the connection that they are all on similar life paths. Just trying to build a better life for themselves, and those around them.

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    April 8th, 2020

    Airdate: April 8, 2020

    This week we created a themed episode featuring how nature is being used to teach. Future teachers at Indiana University South Bend learn at Prairie winds Nature Farm how to take the class outside the... (Show More)

    This week we created a themed episode featuring how nature is being used to teach. Future teachers at Indiana University South Bend learn at Prairie winds Nature Farm how to take the class outside the classroom and engage with nature. The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Course helps homeschool students appreciate history and the great outdoors. Smaller kids get hands on nature in a pond study at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve. The Wild School at Luna Hill Farm lets students figure out solutions using raw materials found in nature. We also highlight online and on air educational resources for distance learning available for parents, students and teachers.

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      WNIT Educational Resources

      WNIT's mission is to provide continuous learning opportunities over the air and online for all ages. We do so by offering plenty of resources through our homepage, daily news letter, websites, and con... (Show More)

      WNIT's mission is to provide continuous learning opportunities over the air and online for all ages. We do so by offering plenty of resources through our homepage, daily news letter, websites, and content. We are commited to education and want to extend help, however we can, from our station to your screens.

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    March 11th, 2020

    Airdate: March 11, 2020

    Education Counts Michiana this week features stories about programs and initiatives that are making an impact in our region. Junior Chefs South Bend is a profound after school program at Jackson Middl... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana this week features stories about programs and initiatives that are making an impact in our region. Junior Chefs South Bend is a profound after school program at Jackson Middle School. Students learn how to follow recipes, cook and provide nutritious meals for their families. We showcase a high ability program at New Prairie High School which engages and challenges students. The newly launched CTE program through South Bend Community School Corporation allows students to learn about a career in aviation. A gathering of high school superintendents in Elkhart County paved the way for collaboration and sharing ideas and sharing best practices.

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      Coastline Children's Film Festival

      The Coastline Children's Film Festival is a 10 day event showcasing full-length features, shorts, silent films and documentaries made for children. The film festival spans across six communities in Mi... (Show More)

      The Coastline Children's Film Festival is a 10 day event showcasing full-length features, shorts, silent films and documentaries made for children. The film festival spans across six communities in Michigan and Indiana. The event contributes to the growing momentum of the arts scene in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This even gives children a chance to showcase their creativity and experience films that they'd otherwise never see.

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    March 4th, 2020

    Airdate: March 4, 2020

    We've got four brand new stories ready for this week's Education Counts Michiana. Find out what is happening with a brand new 10 year, 10 play project at the South Bend Civic Theatre and how the partn... (Show More)

    We've got four brand new stories ready for this week's Education Counts Michiana. Find out what is happening with a brand new 10 year, 10 play project at the South Bend Civic Theatre and how the partnership with South Bend Community School Corporation started conversations beyond the stage. See how The Waypoint VRcade is making an autistic-friendly gaming space and how that translates to inclusiveness. In Three Oaks, a stop at the School of American Music showcases the value and vitality of music education. Students learn about nature and history through the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Course.

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      The August Wilson Project

      The August Wilson Project is a 10 year educational partnership with the South Bend Civic Theatre in which each of Wilson's plays will be performed in chronological order highlighting the African-Ameri... (Show More)

      The August Wilson Project is a 10 year educational partnership with the South Bend Civic Theatre in which each of Wilson's plays will be performed in chronological order highlighting the African-American experience throughout the 20th century. The South Bend Civic Theatre is creating opportunities for students and adults to interact with the material on and off stage as well as in the classroom.

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      The Waypoint VRcade

      The video arcade is making a comeback, but immersive gaming is the new hot ticket. Some people though may find it difficult due to the amount of sensory overload happening. Places like The Waypoint VR... (Show More)

      The video arcade is making a comeback, but immersive gaming is the new hot ticket. Some people though may find it difficult due to the amount of sensory overload happening. Places like The Waypoint VRcade are making sure everyone can enjoy gaming in virtual reality.

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      School of American Music

      Learning the musical arts can provide an important opportunity, but not everyone has the chance to take part in music classes. The School of American Music provides members of the community the chance... (Show More)

      Learning the musical arts can provide an important opportunity, but not everyone has the chance to take part in music classes. The School of American Music provides members of the community the chance to learn how to play various musical instruments and even get to perform in front of an audience.

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    February 19th, 2020

    Airdate: February 19, 2020

    Education Counts Michiana seeks out educational initiatives and programs that reach everyone from pre-school to lifelong learners. This week find out how students learn about delatages of the United N... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana seeks out educational initiatives and programs that reach everyone from pre-school to lifelong learners. This week find out how students learn about delatages of the United Nations through an annual student Model United Nations event hosted by the University of Notre Dame. The Marshall County Economic Development Corporation is making it easier for businesses to expand and become established in Plymouth and the surrounding communities. See the benefit of students learning the business of barbering. Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS talks about how educational television is crucial to the mission of public television.

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      ND Model UN Conference

      World Affairs can be complicated and learning about them in school isn't always the easiest subject to understand. But what if you were able to take on the role and a delegate from a foreign country a... (Show More)

      World Affairs can be complicated and learning about them in school isn't always the easiest subject to understand. But what if you were able to take on the role and a delegate from a foreign country and debate about global issues? That's exactly what students who participate in Model United Nations gets to do.

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      Marshall County Economic Development Corporation

      Business growth can lead to the continued health of a county's local economy. But the continued growth of that economy is dependent on the creation and attraction of new businesses. At the Marshall Co... (Show More)

      Business growth can lead to the continued health of a county's local economy. But the continued growth of that economy is dependent on the creation and attraction of new businesses. At the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation, they work to provide the tools to make sure Marshall County is a viable place to make businesses grow.

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    February 12th, 2020

    Airdate: February 12, 2020

    Education Counts presents more stories about educational initiatives in our region. Learn about Imagination Station, a pre-school steeped in quality early education in Michigan City. Follow students i... (Show More)

    Education Counts presents more stories about educational initiatives in our region. Learn about Imagination Station, a pre-school steeped in quality early education in Michigan City. Follow students in a glassmaking after school program in Benton Harbor that ranks among the best in the United States. Sit in on English as a New Language class for teachers and undergrad students at Holy Cross College. See how Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is preparing students with hard and soft skills for the workplace.

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      English as a New Language Certification

      For some students, going to school can be difficult. It's not because they don't know the material, it's because they don't understand what the teacher is saying. Many teachers go back to school to ob... (Show More)

      For some students, going to school can be difficult. It's not because they don't know the material, it's because they don't understand what the teacher is saying. Many teachers go back to school to obtain their ENL or ESL certification, but at Holy Cross College all students on the path to becoming teachers are certified the day they graduate.

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    February 5th, 2020

    Airdate: February 5, 2020

    Education Counts Michiana features four educational initiatives showcasing community engagement. Warsaw Community Schools are working on social emotional learning for students and teachers. The public... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana features four educational initiatives showcasing community engagement. Warsaw Community Schools are working on social emotional learning for students and teachers. The public was invited to watch three teams of architecture students participate in a two day mural-drawing event presented by Scenographia at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Maker spaces are on the rise and a visit to Make South Bend explores the possibility of design. Michigan students are filling the skills gap by learning CNC skills in the classroom and on the job.

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      Make South Bend

      Maker spaces offer a person the chance to let their creativity run wild. At places like Make South Bend, professional and amateur crafters alike can use their imaginations to make just about anything.

      Maker spaces offer a person the chance to let their creativity run wild. At places like Make South Bend, professional and amateur crafters alike can use their imaginations to make just about anything.

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    January 29th, 2020

    Airdate: January 29, 2020

    Education Counts this week features stories about seeing, saving, studying and searching. Kindness to Prevent Blindness provides prescription glasses to children at school to prepare them for learning... (Show More)

    Education Counts this week features stories about seeing, saving, studying and searching. Kindness to Prevent Blindness provides prescription glasses to children at school to prepare them for learning. Project Impact provides financial literacy classes teaching students to help make their money work for them. Proteus is taking students from farm labor and placing them in professional internships to set them on career tracks in their desired field. Students at Cassopolis Public Schools are earning dual credit and certifications in high school.

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      Financial Literacy Class

      In school, people learn the basics of math, but they often never have the opportunity to learn about financial literacy. To remedy the situation, Project Impact offers a course so people can learn abo... (Show More)

      In school, people learn the basics of math, but they often never have the opportunity to learn about financial literacy. To remedy the situation, Project Impact offers a course so people can learn about the best way to make sure their money is safe and how to grow it for the future.

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    December 18th, 2019

    Airdate: December 18, 2019

    Education Counts Michiana brings together some of the best initiatives in education in our region. This week find out how PechaKucha inspires creativity in St. Joseph & Benton Harbor. See how the Kroc... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana brings together some of the best initiatives in education in our region. This week find out how PechaKucha inspires creativity in St. Joseph & Benton Harbor. See how the Kroc Center Music Programs are offering music education to students in South Bend. The Literacy Consortium in Berrien County is making sure students get extra help when needed. Learn how students in Porter County are able to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

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      PechaKucha

      PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit.... (Show More)

      PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit. Presentations are 20 images x 20 seconds each. Many cities often lack spaces where creative people can share their work, so Pecha Kucha Nights are about exposing the hidden creativity in a city. These events are held in over 900 cities globally. People use the platform to share hilarious, heartwarming, tear-jerking Pecha Kucha presentations at venues around the world.

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    December 11th, 2019

    Airdate: December 11, 2019

    Education Counts Michiana explores educational initiatives in our regional. We seek programs that are succeeding in pre-k, k-12, post high school, college and lifelong learning. This week we feature t... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana explores educational initiatives in our regional. We seek programs that are succeeding in pre-k, k-12, post high school, college and lifelong learning. This week we feature the Indiana Youth Institute and how they are training educators. We spotlight the Youth Education Series presented by Premier Arts that is exposing students to live theater. Grief and trauma are addressed in the Art Angels program at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. Project Matters teaches third grade students through adults about launching and growing a small business.

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      Indiana Youth Insititute

      For anyone who works with kids, there can be times when they need to step away and learn more about new approaches. For more than three decades the Indiana Youth Institute has been working to support ... (Show More)

      For anyone who works with kids, there can be times when they need to step away and learn more about new approaches. For more than three decades the Indiana Youth Institute has been working to support all forms of youth services through innovative trainings, critical data and capacity building resources all geared towards increasing the well-being of all children.

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      Project Matters

      Project Matters LLC is one of Indiana’s first business incubator programs, creating a support system for entrepreneurs including education, funding, and counseling. Amy Beechy(Founder) worked wi... (Show More)

      Project Matters LLC is one of Indiana’s first business incubator programs, creating a support system for entrepreneurs including education, funding, and counseling. Amy Beechy(Founder) worked with community leaders who created entrepreneurship programs for all ages, beginning with 3rd grade students. These programs were recognized throughout the state of Indiana for their progressive and comprehensive approaches to entrepreneurship. Clients include economic development organizations, community foundations, chambers of commerce, united ways, and healthcare organizations.

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    December 4th, 2019

    Airdate: December 4, 2019

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, we've found four more initiatives that are working towards education and building community. The Bridge Academy in Benton Harbor is an alternative school in job... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, we've found four more initiatives that are working towards education and building community. The Bridge Academy in Benton Harbor is an alternative school in job training partnership with Kinexus. Check out the Three Mirrors project at the Center for the Homeless and how guests are creating art from upcycled materials. The project works with local merchants to keep materials out of the landfill and provides jobs and education for guests. Meet Nicholas Buamah, a new author who is sharing his vocabulary with other students through books. Learn how the Science Academy at ETHOS Innovation Center is allowing kids to discover the world of science.

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      Three Mirrors Project

      A mirror doesn't just reflect the image of the person looking into it. It also reflects the hard work of the person who helped to make it. At the Center for Homeless in South Bend and the Three Mirror... (Show More)

      A mirror doesn't just reflect the image of the person looking into it. It also reflects the hard work of the person who helped to make it. At the Center for Homeless in South Bend and the Three Mirrors Project, guests are gaining the skills not only to create these unique works of art, but also learning how to help break the cycle of homelessness.

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      Bridge Academy

      Bridge Academy is an alternative school for high school students and offers an alternative for students who may not have thrived in a more tradition school setting.The Bridge Academy is powered by Kin... (Show More)

      Bridge Academy is an alternative school for high school students and offers an alternative for students who may not have thrived in a more tradition school setting.The Bridge Academy is powered by Kinexus and offers both academic and vocational training for individuals 16 and older.Individuals can earn their GED or high school diploma, and have the opportunity to learn more about a specific career path or industry that interests them. Participants will work closely with a Kinexus specialist who will support them throughout the training process, and help the participant learn more about potential employment options in the community. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply their mastery of academic and vocational training through working with employers in the community.

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      enFocus

      The key to economic development is attracting and retaining local talent. Through project based fell...

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