FWCS Forms Partnership to Provide Skilled Workforce - May 29, 2007

Record Number: 3229
Displayed from: May 29, 2007 , until: Jun 12, 2007

Fort Wayne Community Schools has launched a partnership that will work together to better ensure that the future workforce in northeast Indiana is well prepared for the emerging global economy. FWCS has joined with Northeast Indiana Corporate Council, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce's Workforce Development Division, Ivy Tech Community College and IPFW to make northeast Indiana a model of focused effort and effective workforce development. "I am excited and optimistic about formalizing a working partnership to best prepare students for skilled jobs and advanced education after graduation," stated Dr. Wendy Robinson, FWCS Superintendent. The group, which met on May 21, will meet monthly to focus on three areas: 1. Articulate and align the expectations and career development programs of the public schools, Ivy Tech and IPFW. 2. Strengthen the relationship between business interests and the educational institutions. 3. Develop a vision for the proposed Science and Technology Center that will increase opportunities for potential and current employees in the area. Currently Anthis Career Center serves over 1,000 students annually from 23 high schools, allowing students to explore and discover careers that interest them. Because the current 105-year old facility does not have sufficient space for labs and equipment for its programs, a new Science and Technology Center is part of the proposed FWCS building program. "Our partnership's initial focus will be around the proposed Science and Technology Center, but there are many other important topics for us to cover going forward," Dr. Robinson said. "Our students are the workforce of the future. The new center would be the community bridge between education development, workforce development and economic development." Contact: Susan Imler, Interim Public Information Officer 467-2020

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.