La Porte County Career and Technical Education Director Audra Petterson speaks during a meeting of the Michigan City Exchange Club.

Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on Tuesday afternoon August 27th, 2019 at the DAV, Michigan City.   

Bill Hazelgrove introduced La Porte County Career and Technical Education Director Audra Peterson, by asserting, “If you want to see a program that works, check out Michigan City’s A.K. Smith Center.” Peterson told Exchangites the support of the local community has been great and the greatest rewards of her work are when a kid becomes skilled and employed. Peterson said the overall goal is to create students that are career or college ready.

These programs currently have 419 students enrolled. She said her and her team offered a new program last year that introduced students to various aspects of radio/television production. Another new program this year is the compressor academy. The program is a collaboration with the Sullair Corporation. Peterson also informed Exchangites that 56 students received 80 certificates from Ivy Tech Community College. She has also taken a supervisory role in the Adult Education Program.

Another opportunity for adults looking to increase their earning power is the Next Level Jobs initiative. This Workforce Ready Grant offers participants the cost of up to two years to obtain a certificate in one of five high demand fields, namely: Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health & Life Sciences, IT & Business Services and Transportation & Logistics. These fields will have more than a million openings during the next decade due to the great numbers of retires according to a Hosier State report. Audra finished by affirming that a newly created program in financial literacy has been developed. For more information, call 219-873-2120 or log onto:

The next meeting of Exchange will be Sept. 3 at noon and doors open at 11:30 a.m. The program will be Ed Marion of the PADS program.

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