Ten students from Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center graduated last Friday at Notre Dame from Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site. Seven of those students earned a certificate in Machine Tool Technology, and three, who earned their certificate last year, earned their technical certificate this year, which means those students have the first year of their two-year associate degree finished.

The students earning their certificate are Jacob Barker, Jameson Baker, Tristyn Lewis, Matthew Shoemaker, Derek Hunsberger, Travis Hyden, and Tyler Hitchcock. The students earning their technical certificate are Craig Ronk, Miguel Juarez Cervantez, and Larry Hollar.

The OAMTC provides college-based high school dual credit classes, which means those 10 students earned high school and Ivy Tech credit simultaneously. They represent high schools including Tippecanoe Valley and Warsaw Community high schools.
All student expenses were funded by the following companies: DePuy Synthes, Instrumental Machine & Development, Kiwanis Club of Warsaw, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, Precision Medical Technologies, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, and Zimmer Biomet.

The Warsaw Area Career Center is so proud of these students and greatly appreciates the wonderful partnership we have with Ivy Tech Community College & the OAMTC. 

Recently Michelle Hollar, mother of graduate Larry Hollar, sent us this message:
"Larry has earned 28 college credits through the Career Center!!!  He will graduate from WCHS in 2018 and with all his dual credit & he will graduate Ivy Tech in 2019!   She was so grateful for all the money this program has saved her family as well as giving Larry a profession to pursue." 

Congratulations to all of our PMT graduates!

Visit to learn more about Ivy Tech’s Machine Tool program. Visit to learn more about the training center.

Ten students from Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center graduated Friday from Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site. Pictured, from left, are instructor Dann Adkins, Tristyn Lewis, Jacob Barker, Travis Hyden, Jameson Baker, Derek Hunsberger, Tyler Hitchcock, Matthew Shoemaker, and instructor Shane Albright.
For the next few weeks, we will be highlighting our students who are considered non-traditional. A 'non-traditionalCTE student is considered one who is pursuing a career or technical education program related to an occupation which employs less than 25% of their gender.

Danielle Ousley, senior here at WCHS/WACC, is in our Precision Machine Technology Program. In addition the PMT, Danielle has taken Manufacturing, Personal Financial Responsibility, Preparing for College & Careers, Child Development, Advanced Child Development, Nutrition & Wellness, Interpersonal Relationships, and Adult Roles & Responsibilities here in the Career Center. Danielle is also involved in many extra-curricular activities including Choir, Theatre, Softball, the food pantry at her church, and has a part-time job at Burger King. She's proud to have had perfect attendance in the past and to have been awarded the Diversity Scholarship from Grace College. Upon graduation, Danielle plans to attend Grace in the fall and major in general studies. Congrats, Danielle, and thanks for allowing us to highlight you on our website today.
Earlier this week, the Precision Machine Technology students had the opportunity to visit Cutting Edge Machine & Tool, Inc. in New Paris, IN. Cutting Edge is a locally owned machining & design company that has grown exponentially since they began in 1990. Please take a moment to visit their website to learn more about what they do:

Cutting Edge Machine & Tool Website

Thank you so much to Cutting Edge for allowing our students to explore your facility & the unique equipment you have! 

Yesterday evening, the WACC Precision Machine Technology II students graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with a certificate in Machine Tool Technology at the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, IN. These students completed a dual-credit, two-year program through the WACC & Warsaw's Ivy Tech Community College.

Congratulations to:

Brandon Bradley, Jacob Bradley, Kevin Dailey, Roger Fitzpatrick, Bishop Harrison, Larry Hollar, Miguel Juarez Cervantes, Johnathan McGurn, Andrew Mevis, Ethan Miller, & Craig Ronk. 
A dream that had originally been envisioned two years ago has now become a reality for not only the Warsaw Area Career Center, Ivy Tech Community College, and local orthopedic companies- but most importantly to 14 high school students.
This vision resulted in the first college-based, dual credit program for a Machine Tool Technology Certificate (CT) in Kosciusko County.
These 14 students spend part of their day here at WCHS and part of their day at the Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC) at the Warsaw Ivy Tech Community College Campus. Upon graduation in May, these students will not only receive their certificate in Machine Tool Technology, but will also have earned nearly a year of college credit towards an associate degree.
The WACC, Ivy Tech, and OAMTC would like to thank the following companies for providing scholarship funds to enable these 14 students to participate in this program: DePuy Synthes, ZimmerBiomet, Paragon Medical, and Medtronic. We are very appreciative of generous donations given because without the support of these companies our students wouldn’t have this amazing opportunity. 

WCS Superintendent, Dr. David Hoffert, addresses parents and students of this program during a recent meeting.

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