Testimonials2018-01-09T13:33:46+00:00

Testimonials

Attending EACC is something I wish every high school student can experience. Not only do the classes prepare you for college but they also give you real job-like experiences to get you ready for the job force . Without EACC I don’t think I would be near as advanced as I am today when it comes to college and my job . I started college with 36 credit hours, most of which were earned at EACC. I graduated from Ivy Tech with my C.D.A. (child development associate) and a technical certificate in early childhood education a month before I graduated high school. I also have a job at Growing Kids Learning Center which I got through an internship in my class at EACC and where I have worked for over a year. Choosing to go to EACC was undoubtedly the best decision I made during high school. -Kayona Malone, Class of 2016, Early Childhood Education

EACC had a profound impact on my life. I made lasting friends that I am still in contact with. I still am in contact with my instructors. I met my wife at EACC (we just celebrated our third wedding anniversary). Without the unique experience provided by EACC, my life would be very different than it is today. While studying at EACC, I was able to receive industry certifications and valuable skills. At my last few months at EACC, I was able to participate in an intern program, which gave me the experience and professional contacts needed to receive my current job. Because of the training I received at EACC, I was hired as a systems administrator at a medium sized manufacturer right out of school. I now head up the organization’s IT department, overseeing all IT decisions for manufacturing plants in three states. This opportunity would have never been available to me without EACC. This was not a “right place, right time” sort of situation. The certifications I received at EACC, the references I was given by my instructor, and my participation in SkillsUSA were all cited as reasons for why I was selected in a very competitive job market. EACC made me, an 18 year fresh out of school, competitive for (and successful in) a position that others with college degrees, and even a couple years of working experience were interviewing for. -Joshua Walters, Class of 2010, Computer Networking

I joined the public safety program at the career center with an interest in both fire/ems and law enforcement. Through my two years I was able to learn some of the ins and outs of the jobs and decide my career path. The instructors were extremely knowledgable in the content but also had connections which helped me become a volunteer fire cadet and attend an emergency medical technician course. As a career firefighter/paramedic with the City of South Bend, I still use the skills and certifications I obtained at the EACC to this day. I honestly do not think I would be in my current position if it was not for attending the EACC. -Eric Griffin, Class of 2004, Public Safety

The experience at career center is so well organized and fun. You meet lots of new people and create new friendships. The very nice thing is that students work a lot more in hands on assignments, and it helps you learn your profession a lot faster compared to just learning from a book. Overall, if you are committed to the profession you want to study, career center can be really fun and educational at the same time. Also you earn college credits, certificates, and opportunities for internships.- Pierre Rigaud, Class of 2017, Culinary Arts

The career center as a whole got me involved with good people, and good friends. It really helped build my team working skills, and seeing as how a lot of things we did for our “competitions” in culinary were solo, it also helped me become a more self reliant, worker and believe in myself. When asked by people what I miss most about high school. EACC is the number one thing. I had a fairly rough life when I was in high school and to me EACC was my getaway of sorts, it really felt like being with family and friends who actually cared about you and wanted you to succeed.- Thomas Kerns, Class of 2008, Culinary Arts

Before EACC I had no direction in life. I had no skills. I had nothing to do after high school, but because I was able to enroll in welding technology, I was able to learn a trade that would never leave me with out a job. In addition,  I was able to pursue my love of art through metal work.  Best decision I could have ever made for myself.-Ashley Garman, Class of 2013, Welding

Mr. Lindke taught me everything I know today about technical drawing, if it were not for the EACC and Mr. Lindke mentor-ship, I would not have the professional experience and opportunity that i have been privileged to have. The EACC prepared me with the skills needed to pitch myself to recruiters and easily could have found a job straight out of high school. I always wanted to go to engineering school however and the skills the EACC has given me have been just as applicable and given me an advantage in my courses at college.- Matthew Magliola, Class of 2014, CAD

While studying at EACC, I was able to receive industry certifications and valuable skills. At my last few months at EACC, I was able to participate in an intern program, which gave me the experience and professional contacts needed to receive my current job. Because of the training I received at EACC, I was hired as a systems administrator at a medium sized manufacturer right out of school. I now head up the organization’s IT department, overseeing all IT decisions for manufacturing plants in three states. This opportunity would have never been available to me without EACC. This was not a “right place, right time” sort of situation. The certifications I received at EACC, the references I was given by my instructor, and my participation in SkillsUSA were all cited as reasons for why I was selected in a very competitive job market. EACC made me, an 18 year fresh out of school, competitive for (and successful in) a position that others with college degrees, and even a couple years of working experience were interviewing for.-Joshua Walters, Class of 2010, Computer Networking

During my time at the EACC and in my Cisco Networking class, I learned more about computers and Information Technology. My Teachers not only pushed me to better myself in the IT field, but as a member of the workforce, and as a student as well. All of the knowledge and experience I received there lay the foundation of my career. The certifications and the education I had received through the Elkhart Area Career Center helped me land a job at an IT Solutions Firm in the Goshen area as an Account Manager. I use my knowledge from the EACC every day to help our clients find solutions to their IT needs.-David Chapman, Class of 2013, Computer Networking

From learning how to read blueprints to building sweet tabletop hot-dog grills, I had a great time at EACC . Though it is difficult to correlate what I learned at the Career Center to where I am now in the work force, I see definite parallels from then to now. Everyday, I have to problem-solve and work with others to fulfill the demands of customers. Everyday, I weld, read blueprints, and use a variety of machinery. Above all, work ethic is probably the most influential character traits that has been passed on from attending the EACC. If a broom needs to be pushed, it needs to be done. Period. It does matter if “it is not my job”, willingness to work and learn goes a long way.-Eric Dean, Class of 2012, Welding

The radio portion taught me a lot about how broadcasting, news gathering & promos work. The biggest impact though was the after school hours radio program that I was allowed to have. It taught me to go for what I want to do. Although the class did not have a direct impact on my career path it did point direction and gave me the confidence I really needed at that time. I did quit school in my Junior year and then went in to the Air Force in electronics. After honorable discharge I worked for an Elkhart telephone interconnect company for 10 years and then started my company, TeleData, Inc. in Goshen in 1989 which I still have today. Without the Career Center class my guess is that I would have still quit school but instead of the Air Force I would have just found a local store job.-Lee Nisley, Class of 1974, Radio & TV

I absolutely loved attending the Child Development Program at the Career Center in high school. All of my teachers were encouraging and helpful! The teachers were Professional in their classrooms and taught and lead by example. I learned the skills needed for each individual classroom and age group through hands on experience. I was given opportunities to Intern with other child care and preschool programs to enhance my experiences and knowledge before I was thrown into the workforce. When I graduated and went looking for a job at Growing Kids my Career Center Counselor sent a recommendation directly to the owner. I used all of my experiences gained at the Career Center in my toddler classroom for 4 years at which point I was promoted to the position of Morning Supervisor. I have been with Growing Kids for over 7 years and now hold the title of Assistant Director.-Samantha Dunithan, Class of 2008, Early Child Education

I was able to be placed in a job during my junior year. The experience of working for a real company with customers along with the class room work at that age was invaluable, something you can’t do only going to high school. Skills I learned then was the foundation for my career in computer networking. Without that experience it would have made my success much more difficult. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities EACC gave me.-Jerry Larsen, Class of 1994, Computer Applications

I had learned a lot about teamwork, brotherhood and discipline, which has been very helpful in all aspects of my life. The career center also gave us the opportunity to work with other fire departments in the area; allowing us to see some possible employment options and meet people who actually do the job everyday. Because of these experiences, I was able to get onto a fire department while still a student at EACC. During the application and interview process, it was great to be able to tell people that I would be coming from the career center with several state firefighting certifications and great references.-Leah Bender, Class of 2016, Firefighting

Without this program I would not have the career I do. The program and staff at the EACC and a drive to learn earned me a full ride scholarship to college. The Skills USA competition is how I earned that scholarship. Jamie Stith, Zeno Ladis were my 2 biggest influences during my time in the automotive program. Without this program, there’s no way I could have the life I have now. Achieved the goals that I have and provide for my family in the way I can.-Colton Enos, Class of 2008, Automotive Technology

It showed me more about vehicle repairs. It landed me jobs in the field that i worked in for 14years.-Alison Maether, Class of 1998, Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing

I had a basic understanding of the automotive field but the career center gave me a lot technical information and hands on experience that I couldn’t have gotten elsewhere in school. They have leading edge technology that all the big shops have and helps you when you go out into he field. It’s also a great head start if you decide to go to tech school.-Michael Marter, Class of 2000, Automotive Technology

I joined the public safety program at the career center with an interest in both fire/ems and law enforcement. Through my two years I was able to learn some of the ins and outs of the jobs and decide my career path. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable in the content but also had connections which helped me become a volunteer fire cadet and attend an emergency medical technician course. As a career firefighter/paramedic with the City of South Bend, I still use the skills and certifications I obtained at the EACC to this day. I honestly do not think I would be in my current position if it was not for attending the EACC.-Eric Griffin, Class of 2004, Public Safety

I never thought I would look forward to going to school as much as I did for Law Enforcement class. The life lessons and priceless impact Mr. Chevalier and Mrs. Dyer molded into our lives was something you can’t just find on the side of the road. I know a lot of us students of theirs feel the same way I do. The skill sets and expertise they pass on with so much devotion and selflessness is something that goes far beyond pursing that career in Law Enforcment. I knew that I was going to become a Marine regardless of my decisions of pursing college first or trying to get into the Law Enforcement field right away. The detainee handling I was taught at the Career Center is something I find myself going back to the basics that they taught us no matter my clime and place and I have used it in my everyday life with the Marine Corps.-Jeremy Hill, Class of 2013, Law Enforcement

In attending the career center I was able to start working in the profession I have always wanted to straight out of high school. It is amazing that I was able to to that and I was pointed in the right direction by the instructors there. I am now right where I have always wanted to be and am loving what I do!-Jennifer Rahn Okeefe, Class of 1994, Cosmetology

I am a car sales professional for Lochmandy Motors. I learned how automobiles work and how they are repaired. That information Is invaluable in my daily business.-Travis Oiler, Class of 1995, Automotive Technology

I took this as in introductory to computer programming. Mr. Wright, my instructor, gave us a great cross section in programming languages and how it was being used in businesses. I was hired my senior year as an entry level developer with a start up software company in South Bend. I switched my college major to business management and went on to start my own company. I am now the Director of ERP for Forest River a $4 billion dollar RV company.-Gary Koontz, Class of 1977, Computer Programming

The Career Center gave me the foundation I needed to succeed. The School helped me get my first job in the industry working my way up through the ranks to service manager at a dealership. When I left the dealership to operate my own automotive business for fifteen years. I’m now back at the school inspiring new techs going into the field.-Martin Hostetler, Class of 1978, Automotive Technology

My first year at the EACC was for Crime Scene Investigation, I loved it. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career, but after many different activities with our instructor Nicole Dyer I knew it was for me. I learned so much from her and see her as a role model, she always did everything in her power for us to have fun but most importantly to learn every lesson. I discovered it was my passion when every time we did something I couldn’t wait to learn more. Ms. Dyer taught me that no matter how many obstacles there is if you work hard you’ll achieve whatever your striving for. Whenever people ask if I recommend EACC I always let them know that it’ll be the best experience and will never regret it. I received many certifications and they have helped me with scholarships and whenever I tell people they’re amused by it. I competed for CSI and it was an amazing experience, I finished in third place it was definitely fun, and it has been a bonus in resume. My second year I was in Law enforcement and it was the best way to end my high school career. My instructor Jon Chevalier was always there, even when my classes my senior year were stressing me out he always looked for ways to help me. I always felt like I had to make him proud, because he worked so hard for us to always believe in ourselves and motivate us to get were ever we want. Every quote he wrote on the board I still have it till this day. He taught us that in this career not everyone will like you, but you should will always be honest. I learned how to properly handcuff someone, how to do a proper traffic stuff, write a ticket, but most importantly I learned the importance of law enforcement and I loved it! Many of the things I learned at EACC from both instructors have helped me throughout college. There’s no words to explain how thankful I am.-Yoseline Navarrete, Class of 2015, CSI and Law Enforcement

Gave me a head start on my career. Also the actual hands on experience that the workforce requires. Having instructors that made careers in fields made the learning experience much more enjoyable than just a textbook. In emergency situations you are in the eye of the public at all times it seems, especially on scene. And you have to know 110% what you are doing, it could cost a life. And with instructors that spent a life time of experience makes the room filled with passion, and students feel that. When I was in law and EMS I looked forward to class and learning a more in depth perspective on how to help people.-Sidney (Zollinger) Roda, Class of 2012, Law Enforcement and EMT

When I started at EACC I didn’t know for sure what I wanted to do.  I just knew I wanted to work on cars. Through the course of the class we gained scholarship money from skills USA and the Hotrodders of Tomorrow engine challenge. Mr. G put a lot of time and effort into helping us not only succeed in his class, but also preparing us for when we graduated high school. Through Mr. G, I was able to meet Terry Mcmillen, a top team fuel team owner and driver who ended up hiring me after I graduated high school. I now work at John Force Racing as a top fuel pit crew mechanic on his daughter Brittany’s dragster.-Ben Lacher, Class of 2012, Motorcycle/Small Engine Technology

It was actually my son Ryan Bell who was the student in Mr. Gortney’s Small Engine program at EACC; I’m Ryan’s father, Roger Bell. Being limited to two paragraphs makes me chose my words wisely, but simply put “EACC and the influence of Mr. Gortney around my son was without a doubt the most positive thing that’s happened in my sons 19 years.” The quality of the program and exposure it gave him during those two years, at age 16 & 17, has put him on a career path and strengthened his focus of who he wants to become as a Technician and a person. Before EACC he wasn’t sure of what he wanted to do with his future and since graduating from EACC has continued his mechanical education at the University of NW Ohio, he is working part time at OXBO International Corp as a Technician on Fridays & Saturdays and has several job offers in front of him upon his graduation from college. I’ve told everyone in my circle of life that without a doubt Mr. Gortney was bar none the best influence that I could have ever asked for my son to be around at such an important time in his life. “Above and beyond” is an understatement of what this guy pours into the kids that are in his class. I’ve worked in the Ag Mechanical industry myself for 30 years and not crossed paths with any individual that’s the same caliber as Mr G. I’m forever grateful and would recommend this experience to any parent for their child. Best regards,-Roger Bell, Ryan was Class of 2015, Motorcycle/Small Engine Technology

As an industry partner with EACC, Lippert Components is extremely impressed with the skills the students are obtaining prior to graduating high school. Skilled trades are the #1 needed, and often best paid, discipline in the manufacturing industry. We are very thankful for our partnership with the EACC in providing full-time and college apprenticeship opportunities for their career-minded students.-Mike Smith, Lippert Components

With the unemployment rate at an all-time low in Elkhart, Indiana, I found it very easy to work with the EACC to find workers. I was allowed to come in and talk with students in the Welding and Machine Shop classes, and found several graduating students who could pass our certification test and are now employed. The Career Center is an excellent partner who takes an active interest in what employers in the community need. The partnership is real and is the basis for all that they do. We are so fortunate to have this institution in Elkhart.-Nigel Clark, Dynamic Metals

Students can now get college credits for courses while they are still in high school. I believe this will encourage them to continue on with higher learning right after graduating from high school instead of waiting before going on to college. I feel it also gets them ready and more prepared for college. The vocational fields that are offered at the EACC are very diverse. There is something of interest for everyone, they don’t just focus on one career path but give the students an opportunity to see if they like a vocation prior to investing a lot of time and money into learning something they really aren’t cut out for. By providing them with the necessary skills for the field they go into gives them a leg up on others applying for the same jobs right after high school. The training they get at EACC provides them with a much greater opportunity to not only get employed in their field but with the experience they gain they can start at a higher pay level than others who do not possess the same skills. Our community is largely manufacturing and the courses made available to the students at the Career Center are more geared towards those employers which can help keep our students working and living in our community instead of moving out of the area to find gainful employment.-Darlene Anderson Wilson, Feed the Children

Attending EACC provided me with a way to try out my career choice and also give me a head-start on college. Learning side by side with like-minded classmates is a great support system… and a great way to push yourself to improve constantly. I made not only life-long friends but also a great network of professionals that I can reach out to when necessary.-Mary Wendzonka, Class of 1998, Advertising Design

I moved to IN in 2014 as a CEO for a business in Elkhart. As I was planning for growth, one strategic initiative was workforce. I quickly realized the power of the Career Center and became involved with the directors, teachers, and students. The alignment on students development and real life experience is first class. The staff is impressive and a pleasure to work with. Thus, the reason why I continue to support as required, any initiative they have going. A true pleasure to work with.-Joseph P. Gasparino Jr., ODIZ Safety