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From the Desk of Don Schulte...

What needs to be done to prepare for our future? You could ask ten people that question and get more than ten answers. One idea is consistently discussed; preparing a "work ready" workforce. A work ready workforce establishes a foundation for economic development and an improved quality of life.

WestGate@Crane Technology Park helps provide that foundation. We aim to be a catalyst for regional workforce development and engage in several efforts to support our current and future personnel.

WestGate@Crane provides that base by organizing opportunities for our regional communities. The 2015 WestGate@Crane College Fair at the end of the month is developed by our team, and the third annual fair is bigger and better than ever before. This year, over 800 students will learn from over 30 colleges and universities to better understand what is available after high school. Three scholarships will be awarded totaling $3,000 to winning students, and door prizes will be given throughout the event.

We also host engaging events that provide a backbone for our communities. WestGate@Crane is working with colleges and universities to determine the demand for local certificate and degree programs. We host student-centered educational events such as the CTE Summit to bring businesses and industries together with students to help better understand the career opportunities in our region. Additionally, we host the Team Crane Science Fair where over 120 regional middle and high school students create science projects to be judged. WestGate@Crane, in partnership with NSWC Crane, supports numerous STEM events for students, teachers, and administrators.  

Our newsletter will highlight a few of these workforce development initiatives and provide more detailed information. We hope to continue and expand our efforts to support regional workforce development opportunities.


    
Don Schulte
Executive Director
WestGate@Crane Technology Park

Reach for the Stars ~ Dance!
Greene Education Services held its second annual  "Reach for the Stars" dinner, dance competition, and silent auction fundraiser at WestGate Academy on August 22, 2015. The event is a fundraiser for Greene Education Services, which is an organization to help sustain and grow educational opportunities throughout Greene county.

This event features local "stars" who train weeks to perform dance routines in front of the community. This year's competitive stars included: Amy Lore of Greene County General Hospital, Deb Hoesman of Legacy Counseling,  Cathie Knotts of BloomBank, Julie Johnson of Greene County Probation, and Tracy Keen of State Farm Insurance-Linton.  The master of ceremonies and Television anchor from WTWO in Terre Haute, Tom McClanahan, entertained and was even caught cutting a rug with some of the 'celebrities' during intermission.

Tracy Keen raised the most money and was crowned the winner of the competition. Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, was the featured speaker for the event, remarking on the positivity of education in the tri-county area. Community leaders judged the dance competition: Melinda Hendrix, Alecia Holt, David Dean, Greg Jones, and Don Schulte. The dancers trained for the competition at Yer Studio in Bloomfield.

"Each dancer is required to sell tickets [individual tickets or a table] and collect silent auction items," said Judge Greg Jones. "Some items given away were an Indianapolis Colts Basket, an electric grill, and other great prizes."

Many local businesses sponsored the event: BloomBank, Yer Studio, Haywood Printing, American Society of Naval Engineers, and UDWI-REMC.  The annual "Reach for the Stars" event is helping GES build the foundation for a bright tomorrow.
Third Annual WestGate@Crane College Fair
Boasts 35+ Scholarship Applicants
More than 800 high schoolers and 30 colleges and universities are registered for our fair, including schools from Illinois and Kentucky. More than 35 graduating seniors applied for over $3,000 worth of scholarship funding. Indiana state schools such as Purdue University, Indiana University, and Ball State University have registered as well as private schools like Rose-Hulman, Franklin College, and Hanover College. New colleges and universities are signing up every week!

The WestGate@Crane College Fair scholarships, in honor of Chuck LaSota, will be awarded at 10:00 AM to winning students. Students who apply must be present in order to receive their scholarship funds.

Organizer Alexandria Jackson believes the quality of the WestGate@Crane College Fair is top notch for regional students. "These students deserve to know about the opportunities that are available to them after high school. The participating colleges and universities have a lot to offer, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact this fair will have on area students."

Our 'Running for Our Future' 5K Race in June funded the scholarships. This year, there will be three scholarships awarded in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000, and $500.
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