Congresswoman Jackie Walorski made a stop at Plymouth High School on Thursday as part of her northern Indiana educational tour. While at PHS, Walorski was able to see the school’s most progressive programs including Project Lead the Way, ITAMCO Manufacturing Center (precision manufacturing classroom) and Weidner School of Inquiry.
PHS Principal Jim Condon said, “The common theme between the programs the Congresswoman visited today is the development of partnerships between PHS, local businesses, and post secondary education, specifically Ivy Tech, as we prepare today’s high school students for tomorrow’s opportunities.”
Walorski was able to get first hand information the programs from Scott Kaser, Ivy Tech instructor who oversees the ITAMCO program; Rich Schiebar, instructor for PLTW; and Jennifer Felke and Michael Delp, co-directors of the WSOI. She also met with Albert Hanselman, CTE director.
ITAMCO students can receive dual credit through Ivy Tech for a successful completion of the program. Project Lead the Way instruction is centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and Weidner School of Inquiry offers students the opportunity to work cooperatively on projects. The students in WSOI just completed a project on WWII veterans.
Carol Anders Correspondent