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State officials tour Learning Center

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Two state officials from the newly created position of Secretary of Career Connections and Talent visited Huntington County Community Learning Center.

Rachel Zajac, director of operations for the state’s Career Connections and Talent office, and Rebecca McCuaig, solutions director for Career Connections and Talent, were led on a tour by Tiffanney Drummond, learning center director of career and technical education.

McCuaig said Governor Eric Holcomb created the office of Career Connections.

“We need more development when it comes to the work force and we are looking at what initiatives communities have and seeing how the state can be supportive,” McCuaig said.

They are visiting places in Indiana that have existing educational initiatives to get more information on what is working.

City of Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, Huntington Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Kimmel, State Senator Andy Zay (R-Dist. 17) and Ed Vessels, Learning Center Development Team member and Advisory Council member, also attended the event.

Kimmel said the learning center is one of a kind.

“There is not another learning center in the state of Indiana that can do the things that we can do here,” Kimmel said.

He said students can obtain certifications at the learning center and he said it is important that the state of Indiana knows what Huntington has done.

Fetters said the learning center is important to those who call Huntington home and is a place to up skill, re skill and improve their quality of life.

“They can improve their skill sets they need to stay relevant in the workforce,” Fetters said.

Drummond said the center opened in August 2016 and offers high school vocational programs, community college and entry level certifications. The offices of WorkOne, Ivy Tech and Huntington University are located at the learning center.

Courses offered at the learning center are automotive, cosmetology, certified nurse aide, emergency medical tech and education professions. Other courses are early childhood education, human and social education, interdisciplinary cooperative education, internships and precision machining.

Drummond said the learning center thinks it has a model that is not seen in other parts of the state and she is glad the state leaders could tour the facility. She said the learning center wants to promote itself and let people know about the learning opportunities that are offered.

“We join local high schools with community colleges and work force development and it’s a tremendous opportunity for students no matter where they are in their career path to take classes and get what they need to be successful in the job force,” Drummond said.

For more information about the Learning Center call 260-356-2858.