INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence selected NIPSCO Training Manager Kristin Emaus Wednesday to lead Northwest Indiana's works council.
The new organization is expected to bring together local business and education leaders to review and propose school curriculum that better meets the workforce needs of local employers.
"Our administration remains committed to making career and vocational education a priority in every high school in Indiana," Pence said.
Joining Emaus on the panel are Joseph Arredondo, of Ivy Tech Community College; Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms; Debra Howe, Tri-Creek School Corp.; Eddie Melton, NIPSCO; Linda Randolph, Northwest Indiana Education Center; Suzanne Wheeler, Solutions in Education & Training; Michael Zimmerman, Hammond Area Career Center; and Gary Noegren, ArcelorMittal.
The works council's first task is to compile a comprehensive evaluation of available career, technical and vocational education opportunities for high school students in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski counties.
Their report must be submitted to the Republican governor and the Indiana Education Roundtable by Nov. 1.