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Vincennes University, Porter County Career Center partner for Early College Program
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Vincennes University, Porter County Career Center partner for Early College Program

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VALPARAISO — The Porter County Career Center and Vincennes University celebrated a new partnership program Friday morning.

The two groups introduced the Early College Program, through which high school students are offered a higher education experience to prepare them to simultaneously earn a certificate or an associate degree while earning a high school diploma.

Students seeking careers in precision machining will benefit from the completion of a new addition to the career center and an equipment grant from Vincennes University that provided more than $300,000 in new CNC equipment, manual/conventional equipment, tooling, cabinets, benches and tables.

The center's Next Generation Scholarship program annually provides qualified students with a full-ride scholarship to continue their education at Vincennes, according to the university.

The development of the program came about when executives from Urschel Labs, Task Force Tips and the Center for Workforce Innovations visited Vincennes University campus to tour VU's precision machining facilities. Discussions with Vincennes President Chuck Johnson and area businesses centered on ways to improve the connection between the school, students and regional employers.

"Vincennes has been a major contributor in helping us solve our local workforce shortage in qualified manufacturing candidates," said Jon Groth, director and principal at the career center.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.

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