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October 26, 2013

Carroll exploring trade certification program

Certificate would allow edge before high school graduation.

FLORA — A proposed advanced manufacturing program would allow students at Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School to earn a trade skills certificate while in high school.

Tyler Sausaman, a teacher at Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School, gave a presentation at a recent school board meeting on the significance of offering advanced manufacturing.

Sausaman said a reason he is increasing manufacturing opportunities is because Indiana is no. 1 in manufacturing.

“In a nutshell, it [manufacturing] leads to careers and creates wealth,” Sausaman said. “It’s good for the economy as a state and a country.”

On a smaller scale, there are good paying jobs available that can encompass a wide path of opportunities for students, Sausaman said.

Sausaman has one student earning a certificate this year.

Students could also leave the program with certificate, dual credit, work experience and a solid foundation related to manufacturing, Sausaman said.

“Students with different abilities can all benefit from this plan,” Sausaman said. “Some students go straight to college, others don’t want anything to do with school after they graduate, and everywhere in between.”

Offering a certification would help fill a skills gap and students would be able to complete one year of an associate’s degree.

Right now Sausaman is offering three dual credit classes and is looking to add two more.

Currently, Intro to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering are both dual credits offered. Although Intro to Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics isn’t currently eligible for dual credit, it is a prerequisite for Advanced Manufacturing I.

By taking all three classes, one student was able to work on earning a MSSC CPT certification this year.

Sausaman said his intention is to offer Advanced Manufacturing I next year and then add Advanced Manufacturing II the year after that. Advanced Manufacturing II would be a block course in the final semester and then students would spend time interning in the second semester.

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