Vocational Programs

SCILL Vocational Programs

Ten local, public education school districts in four contiguous counties in North Central Indiana (Starke, St. Joseph, Fulton and Marshall) have joined together in the formation of the North Central Area Vocational Cooperative (NCAVC), which has offices located within the Plymouth Community School Corporation.

The purpose of NCAVC is to provide programming in several vocational pursuits for those students for whom college may not be a priority. Classroom instruction and hands-on practical experience in a particular curriculum provide a mechanism for these students to complete both their high school education requirements and, in some cases, obtain a certification that could greatly assist in their job hunt following high school.

SCILL Vocational Welding Technology Program

The SCILL vocational welding technology program was created in conjunction with NCAVC to enable high school students to obtain work-ready skills. The program is taught by American Welding Society (AWS) certified welding instructors one of whom is also a certified welding inspector. Both instructors have a great deal of welding experience in the steel, aerospace, and nuclear industries. The curriculum follows the AWS-sponsored Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education (SENSE).

Students are required to submit welding coupons for AWS certification as a part of the course requirements. Qualified students also have the opportunity to serve paid internships at local and area employers on Friday afternoons starting in their second semester of class.

This two-year course is ideally designed for juniors in high school, although seniors may also sign up and complete enough of the course in one year to gain AWS certification. Students must attend a high school that is either part of NCAVC, or if the student is home-schooled or attending an alternative school, he or she must live within the school district of one of these schools. In addition, if a student attends a high school outside of the NCAVC district, he or she may also apply.

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SCILL Vocational Automotive Technology Program

Since 2000, SCILL has been home to the automotive technology program that is offered to the 10 area school corporations in the NCAVC. Students who wish to take part in this program are required to submit an application that requires parent/guardian permission, as well as the local guidance counselor’s recommendation from the respective school district. The program is one of only two high school programs in Indiana that is NATEF certified in all eight areas.

Students who enroll in the automotive technology program spend three hours per day of their junior and senior school years in hands-on skill training, learning various aspects of repairing and maintaining automobiles in a well-equipped 9,500-square-foot facility located in the Starke County Rail Park in Knox. The automotive technology program is taught by instructors who either hold or are working on gaining certifications in this field who also have a number of years of work experience in the workplace. Both instructors also attended this program while in high school. The students become proficient in working on automatic transmissions, brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, diagnostics, hydraulics and computers.

Twice per year, students will take all or part of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) student exam. If a student passes any of 9 areas, he or she will receive an ASE student certification for those areas. Recent graduates of the program have said that they have found these certifications to give them a leg up in a job search. Together with their high school diploma, students graduate from the program with work-ready skills that will greatly help on their quest for a job in the automotive service industry, or to further their training and education at a two- or four-year college or university or technical school.

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Other Vocational Programs

In addition to the automotive technology and welding programs at SCILL, high school students in the NCAVC area are able to take several other vocational courses offered around the four county region, including the following:

  • Microsoft IT Professional
  • Agricultural Biology
  • Building Trades
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Business Office Laboratory
  • Health Occupations
  • Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

In addition, SCILL is currently planning on a new program in Automation, Robotics, and Equipment Maintenance to start in the 2015-16 school year.

Please visit the NCAVC website for more details.

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