Next-level learning. Skills training. Planning for the future. Community involvement. Innovation.
All are hallmarks of the school districts in Elkhart County. Community leaders have made education a top priority here – and it shows.
Goshen Community Schools is home to an International Baccalaureate program of advanced study. The program was implemented in 2008. In addition to educational benefits, there’s also a potential dollars-and-cents incentive – many colleges offer credit for IB courses taken in high school.
Fairfield Community Schools offers a host of vocational programs, including cosmetology, building trades, health services, agricultural sciences, tool and die, auto mechanics, welding, and others. At Fairfield, graduating seniors have the opportunity to walk out of school and into a rewarding job right away.
Elkhart Community Schools offers the Elkhart Culture Series, a program designed to engage students and community members in cultural experiences and opportunities. Special guests have included an original Freedom Rider, a Holocaust survivor, and a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide.
Wa-Nee Community Schools is part of a local campaign called WaNee Vision 2020. The project is a joint collaboration between the city of Nappanee, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County, Wa-Nee Community Schools, Family Christian Development Center, and Elder Haus Senior Center of Nappanee, with support from the Town of Wakarusa. The goal is to create a better community for people of all ages.
At Middlebury Community Schools, officials recently broke ground on a $15 million athletics complex on the Northridge High School campus. The facility will have baseball, softball, and football fields. Also at MCS: Northridge Middle School is a School to Watch, a designation earned from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades.
At Concord Community Schools, work is underway on the College and Career Readiness addition at Concord High School. According to the Concord Connection, the wing will include five new classrooms, including an updated functional skills space, a “dirty lab” where students can learn mechanical skills, and a “clean lab” complete with 3D printers and tabletop CNC equipment. Other projects underway at Concord Community Schools include the 10,000-square-foot Concord Fitness and Performance Center, as well as the MOVE UP Academy, a virtual learning program.
Last fall at Baugo Community Schools, all kindergartners and first- and second-graders at Jimtown Elementary School visited Bethel College. According to WNDU, it was part of an awareness push to prepare students to open a 529 account to save for college.
Thank you, Elkhart County schools, for all you do to educate the leaders of tomorrow!