EACC Wins National Award

On January 31, the Elkhart Area Career Center was presented with the Outstanding CTE Center Award at the Tech Centers That Work Leadership Forum in Mobile, Alabama. The award is presented by the Southern Regional Educational Board.

The Tech Centers That Work initiative was formed in 2007 to help shared-time centers review and implement the actions needed to help students graduate with high-demand, high-wage career and technical skills. The TCTW network includes 180 Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers across the country.

EACC was recognized for their focus on improvement, project-based learning, and business/industry/post-secondary involvement. They were also recognized for their plan to embed literacy and math into all assignments; redesign assignments around workplace projects; reinforce students’ employability skills through internships and job-shadowing opportunities, dual-credit agreements with two community colleges; and ensure business and community leaders serve on the advisory board of every program.

“We are thrilled for this recognition,” said Dr. Dave Benak, Director of Elkhart Area Career Center. “We recognize the great impact our programs and students have on the success of our community and region. To be nationally recognized by our peers in the field of Career and Technical Education is an honor. I’m proud of the EACC staff for their continuous progress, for evaluating and always improving our existing programs, for providing career skills for our students, and growing – we add new programs every year.”

This is the first time the EACC has been awarded as the Outstanding CTE Center by the TCTW. The EACC has previously won awards for Outstanding Assignments (2016, 2015) and Gold Improvement (2014).