Porter County Career and Technical Education News Vol 20, Issue 4

Students Nominated for Indiana Award for Excellence

Paige Smith (VHS) - Health Careers/Health Occupations Paige has already earned three semesters of scholarship at Ivy Tech through her participation in the Health Occupations Student Association. Paige is also active in her church and numerous volunteer activities. She is CPR/AED certified for infants, children, adults, and pets; First Aid/First Responder certified, and Heart Saver certified. She has a goal to be the best she can be in the medical field.

Maddie Royter (Kouts) - Video Productions I and II. Maddie wants to be a producer or a teacher. She is known as one of the on-air personalities in our student-produced “On the Road” production, but she also played a significant behind-the-scenes role as well. Maddie also volunteers at church, blood drives, and as an artist for the Youth Service Bureau Chalk-the-walk fundraiser.

Geoff Westerlund (Portage) - Health Science Education/EMT Geoffrey is a Portage High School senior and currently enrolled in the Porter County Career and Technical Education’s Emergency Medical Services program at Hobart High School. He has received distinction as being in the top 30 students of his graduating class. Geoff is involved in Natural Helpers, National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). He plans to attend Valparaiso University for Nursing upon graduation.

Student Mentor Program (Mrs. Ellis/Mrs. Sorensen) was also nominated for a Guidance Award. The fourth entity nominated for an Award for Excellence is our Student Mentor program. Our student mentor program is directed by student support coordinators, Kelli Ellis and Kate Sorensen. The mentor program provides additional leadership training to selected students from all CTE programs. These students are prepared to lead tours both for prospective students and visiting dignitaries. They also accompany our coordinators to presentations at middle schools and sending schools. Our mentors are proud of their designation and also become a critical component of our anti-bullying policy.

PCCTC Morning Mentors

Afternoon PCCTC Class Mentors

Modern Machining Class Highlighted at Recent District Advisory Council Meeting

Pictured is William Hartman (Wash Twp Junior), 1st year Modern Machining student working on a digital industrial milling machine, where he is learning the industrial process and how to make products out of raw material. The Machining class was complimented by several employers of graduates who were in attendance to include Task Force Tips and PSC Machining.

Mrs. Marcus’ Health Careers students can be seen studiously watching the clock and taking their carotid pulse rate.

Video Productions and Media Studies Class Highlights

Video Production students, Ryan Gierman (Hebron) and Kenneth Cohen (Hobart) are pictured calling a recent high school football game.

Below, can be seen the class meeting in a brainstorming strategy session. No electronics, just ideas and communication toward a common goal for the purpose of leadership development and problem solving skill enhancement.

After one broadcast our students were treated to a tour of the WSBT-TV live-truck and its equipment by photojournalist Jade Birch. Jade complimented our students on their production work and gave them advice about their futures.

Career Center Students and Staff Celebrate Halloween

2013 Open House Schedule


Porter County Career & Technical Center
1005 N. Franklin St., Valparaiso 46383

Dec 5, 8-9 a.m.

  • Auto Services Technology
  • AD & Animation
  • Construction Technology
  • Electronics & Computer
  • Health Careers (HSE I)
  • Health Occupations (HSE II)
  • Precision Machining
  • Strategic Marketing Technology Internship
  • Video Production & Media Studies
  • Entrepreneurship/ Sports & Entertainment Mktg.



Dec. 5, 8-9 a.m.

  • Auto Services Technology Willowcreek M.S. Rear Entrance
  • Construction Technology Willowcreek M.S. Rear Entrance
  • Dental Careers PHS-East Door C, Rm. 155
  • Health Science Education I w/ Anatomy PHS-East Door C, Rm. 156
  • Graphic Imaging Tech. PHS-West Door F, Rm. B14


Dec. 5, 1-2 p.m.

  • Diesel Service Technology Green Building N.E. of PHS-E
  • Work Study GOE Lab near media center
  • Early Childhood Education South Haven Elem. Rm 25


Boone Grove High School

260 S. 500 West, Valparaiso, IN 46385

Dec. 5, 8-9 a.m.

  • Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management


IVY Tech Community college

3100 IVY Tech Drive, Valparaiso 46383

Dec 5, 8-9 a.m.

  • Welding Technology Main Entrance



1354 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso 46385

Dec. 5, 8-9 a.m.

  • Cosmetology *This open house will be at the Career Center, 1005 N. Franklin St., Valparaiso


SELF School

750 Ransom Road, Valparaiso 46385

Dec.5, 8-9 a.m.

  • Early Childhood Education Rm. B 8



299 South State Road 49, Valparaiso 46383

Dec. 5, 1-2 p.m.

  • Horticultural Science (In Agriculture Building behind the high school adjacent to the fire dept.)



587 West 300 North, Valparaiso 46385

Dec. 5, 8-9 a.m.

  • Criminal Investigations Entrance E
  • Criminal Justice System Entrance E



2211 East 10th Street, Hobart 46342

Dec. 5, 8-9 a.m.

  • Cisco Networking Fundamentals Front Entrance
  • Early Childhood Education Front Entrance
  • Emergency Medical Services Front Entrance
  • Fundamentals of Sports Medicine Front Entrance



  • November 1, Second Career and Tech Center Blood Drive, Friday, 7:45 – 2 pm
  • November 19, Career Center hosting VCS Board Meeting, 6 pm
  • Winter Lights Festival, November 16, Sunset Hill Farm, PCCTC Solar Christmas Tree Light Project will be on display through January 1.
  • November 26, Grand Opening of Student Store,