In the summer of 2015, I became superintendent of the River Forest School Corp. I participate in the READY NWI K-12 team, which works to ensure students are prepared for college and careers. But our district had a problem: How could we live up to our unique nickname (the Ingots) when we did not offer students a single class in career and technical education?
We decided to go back to our steel mill roots with an Industrial Maintenance program in collaboration with Vincennes University.
Every day, baby boomers are retiring, and that has companies like ArcelorMittal worried about finding skilled workers. The steel giant has partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to develop Steelworker for the Future, a two-year associate degree program that prepares the next generation of workers for its operations.
The Industrial Maintenance program will certainly offer our students a competitive edge for those positions.