The Elkhart Area Career Center in Elkhart Community Schools, recognized with an Outstanding CTE Center Award at the Tech Centers That Work Leadership Forum in Mobile, Alabama. The award is presented by the Southern Regional Educational Board.

EACC was recognized for their:

  • focus on improvement, project-based learning, and business/industry/post-secondary involvement
  • plan to embed literacy and math into all assignments
  • plan to redesign assignments around workplace projects
  • work to reinforce students’ employability skills through internships and job-shadowing opportunities
  • dual-credit agreements with two community colleges
  • work to ensure business and community leaders serve on the advisory board of every program.

“We are thrilled for this recognition,” said Dr. Dave Benak, Director of Elkhart Area Career Center. “We recognize the great impact our programs and students have on the success of our community and region. To be nationally recognized by our peers in the field of Career and Technical Education is an honor. I’m proud of the EACC staff for their continuous progress, for evaluating and always improving our existing programs, for providing career skills for our students, and growing – we add new programs every year.”

This is the first time the EACC has been awarded the Outstanding CTE Center by the TCTW. The EACC previously won awards for Outstanding Assignments (2016, 2015) and Gold Improvement (2014).

The Tech Centers That Work initiative was formed in 2007 to help shared-time centers review and implement the actions needed to help students graduate with high-demand, high-wage career and technical skills. The TCTW network includes 180 Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers across the country.

Story shared in Elkhart Difference Newsletter: February 2017, Issue 3

Indiana’s urban schools offer Hoosier students a rich array of programs, services, and opportunities. IUSA appreciates the opportunity to share the stories that demonstrate what the schools have to offer and the many successes their students, faculty and staff achieve.


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