"Real Life" business experience for Anthis students - November 23, 2005
Anthis Education Career Center students in the Information Technology Academy experienced an interactive field day, through combined efforts of Indiana Data Center, Adaptive Microware and Catalyst Marketing Design on Nov. 23. The local companies involved are advocates of Fort Wayne’s economic growth and development who actively acknowledge that students today are the workforce for tomorrow. Prior to the field day, the IT Academy students participated in creating a marketing campaign for the Indiana Data Center to promote new meeting rooms and video conferencing. Students were divided into teams and asked to research the company and brainstorm ideas. The students then selected one idea and wrote how this promotion idea might be used in a television commercial, e-mail and a logo. The Indiana Data Center will use several of the ideas to help promote their company and its products. This exercise gave students the opportunity to develop their teamwork and communication skills as well as learn how to brainstorm and develop creativity. Indiana Data Center has had the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with Anthis Education Career Center. Through this relationship Indiana Data Center has become a ‘real life business model’ to give students hands on experience needed for their chosen career paths. Karen Gillie, Information Technology Instructor at Anthis, states: “When giving students an opportunity to participate in ‘real life’ projects, they tend to be more receptive and motivated in completing their work. Not only does this give each student experience, but it also gives the student ownership of the projects completed. This also creates the perfect opportunity to tap into the creativity of young minds.” The Anthis Career Education center, located at 1200 S. Barr St., provides entry-level job skills for high school students. Anthis offers a variety of career fields to choose from. Some of the classes provided offer a ‘dual credit’ for students. ‘Dual credit’ means the student gets class credit for high school as well as college credit at no cost to the student. For information, contact Mrs. Gillie at 467-1010.