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Energy Academy Activated in La Porte County

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Governor Pence spoke at the ribbon cutting for the state’s first-ever Energy Academy, a partnership between NIPSCO and the La Porte County Career and Technical Education Program to proThe governor applauded the program, which offers hands-on experiences in electromechanical installation and maintenance, energy and environmental technology, public utilities and residential and commercial energy. Saying that he believes this new career and technical education (CTE) curriculum will serve as a model for future education partnerships in Indiana, Governor Pence added that he hopes “this new energy pathway will encourage students to consider future career opportunities in a truly up-and-coming field in this state.”

Not only do participating students gain experience in jobs needed in the region, but they are also able to gain college credit through Ivy Tech and professional certifications in their area of study at the same time.

La Porte County Career and Technical Education Director Audra Peterson said she was pleased that the governor was present for the ribbon cutting. “It is our goal in Career and Technical Education to work side by side with business and industry so that we can ensure that our partners are getting the prepared workforce they are hoping for,” said Peterson. “I personally am a firm believer that an educated workforce in academics and skills will boost economic development.”

Mike Finissi, NIPSCO Chief Operating Officer and Don Babcock, NIPSCO Executive Director of Economic Development were also present for the ribbon cutting at the A.K. Smith Career Center.

Energy Academy

Energy Academy students and their teacher Craig Lindgren (far left) presented NIPSCO Chief Operating Officer Mike Finissi and Governor Mike Pence with official Energy Academy hard hats and shirts during the program.

Michael Pence, Governor
State of Indiana

Audra Peterson, Director of La Porte County Career and Technical Education
A.K. Smith Career Center

Don Babcock, Director of Economic Development
vide new educational pathways to students.