Collaboration benefits FWCS students - August 04, 2005

Record Number: 1621
Displayed from: Aug 04, 2005 , until: Aug 20, 2005

Ivy Tech, in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and CANI have completed a computer “Build to Own” program for special needs students in the Fort Wayne Community School System. The students who participated in the innovative program received a 60-hour certification in computer training during ceremonies July 30 at Ivy Tech’s Dolnick Learning Center. Physically and hearing impaired students were able to learn how to build a computer, install, and run the programs and applications needed for their use as they progress with their future educational and employment development. Multiple technical skills, knowledge and abilities were learned that will enable these students to contribute valuable skills to their employers. Ivy Tech’s instructor Todd Raines provided the technical expertise and worked with each student’s special needs in the classroom and lab set up. Rachael Eldridge from CANI was instrumental in recruiting the students, securing the equipment, tools, hardware and software for the seven students as well as working with the teachers and parents. Kathy Schrock, from Ivy Tech CCES program directed by Kim Pontius, managed the instructional and facility arrangements for the program. Beth Suman from the WIB was instrumental in the funding and sponsorship of the program. Special recognition goes to Laura Stump who provided the signing service to the hearing impaired. The following businesses and agency supported the effort through donations and discounts: A Plus Computers All In One Computer Services Continental Computer Services Stone Computer League for the Blind & Disabled This is the kind of program our community can be proud of as it invests in the future! (This release was provided to FWCS by the Workforce Investment Board.)


With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.