GREENBURG — For many years, GECOM and Greensburg Community Schools have enjoyed a positive relationship in the community.
Often, GECOM has provided assistance to the school and community through volunteer personnel and monetary donations for school projects. Engineers and GECOM staff have attended career day events to let students know about the career opportunities right here in Greensburg.
In the last year, both groups decided to take that relationship to the next level, implementing a one-on-one undertaking to provide students with real work experience. Establishing a strong vocational program at all Indiana high schools has become a priority for the state because of the need for effective vocational training.
Greensburg High School (GHS) is currently in the process of expanding its vocational area by more than 10,000 square feet, in addition to renovating another 10,000 square feet of existing space.
Once finished, this area will accommodate expanded programs in Buildings and Trade, Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering, Vocational Ag, Drafting, CAD, and internship opportunities in manufacturing through the Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education (ICE) program, according to a press release provided by Greensburg Community Schools Superintendent Tom Hunter.
The area will be focused on hand-on training opportunities that will enable the students of GHS to be competitive in the global manufacturing and tradesmen job marketplace.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and we couldn’t be more appreciative to GECOM for their willingness to invest in our students, not just in money, but their time and commitment to the training and their patience,” said Susan Burbrink, ICE coordinator for GHS.
After months of planning, GECOM and Greensburg High School have begun a new program that allows students with applicable interests and educational backgrounds to do a type of work study internship at GECOM. According to Superintendent Hunter, putting students in a real factory setting and allowing them to earn real work experience is not a common practice in many high schools.