Columbia City High School has launched six State Earn and Learn (SEAL) programs—the most SEALs for one school or education provider in the state.
The six SEAL programs are in advanced manufacturing, welding, fire and rescue, health science (CNA), education professions and emergency medical services. SEAL programs are state-certified through the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship (OWBLA), which is part of Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Next Level agenda.
Each of the programs includes multiple employer partners that provide opportunities for students to work and learn through internships and summer employment opportunities. Students in each program also earn several industry-recognized credentials through Career and Technical Education (CTE) and dual credit through Ivy Tech Community College.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer additional opportunities to our students in the areas of work-based learning through our SEAL programs,” said Lori Heuer, talent development director at Whitley County Consolidated Schools. “By working together with our business and community partners we are able to provide students with real-world experiences to help students explore and prepare for different careers.”
Matt Presley, regional director of OWBLA, said: “Columbia City continues to be very intentional in the development and engagement of employer partnerships. As a result, students across multiple pathways now have tremendous opportunities to participate in meaningful work-based learning experiences that not only strengthen and enhance their education but also build and sharpen both the employability and technical skills necessary to be successful upon graduation.”