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More than 200 Grant County students will learn about local industries and the paths that lead to careers in those fields during a countywide Industry Showcase event planned for Spring 2020.

The 2020 Grant County Industry Showcase will take place Friday, April 24th at Ivy Tech, Marion and will focus on the healthcare & social services, manufacturing & logistics, and professional services/IT industries in the Grant County area.  About 225 juniors and seniors from Eastbrook, Madison Grant, Marion, Mississinewa and Oak Hill high schools will attend the event.

Students taking part in the Industry Showcase will have the opportunity to connect directly with employers and also learn about Ivy Tech's educational programs that can prepare them for Grant County's in demand careers.

About the Industry Showcase

The Industry Showcase is an initiative designed and implemented by the Grant County Comprehensive Counseling Coalition. The Coalition focuses on  improving college & career readiness and social & emotional well being for students in grades K-12. Coalition school partners include all five Grant County school districts Eastbrook, Madison Grant, Marion, Mississinewa and Oak Hill and community partners including Project Leadership, Family Service Society, Marion Grant County Chamber of Commerce and the Grant County Economic Growth Council. Ivy Tech Community College will host the Industry Showcase.

Barbara Thornell, employment relations manager in the human resources department at Marion General Hospital who  attended the 2019 event, said the Industry Showcase event helps students get information about what they can be doing now to prepare for a future career. "They can learn about what is available in the medical field besides just doctors and nurses," Thornell said. "And the students have been very engaged in learning about potential careers." Andy Delacruz, regional human resources manager with Welch Packaging, said he enjoyed seeing the students' energy and drive. "They know what they want and are learning the next steps to get there," said Delacruz, who emphasized the importance of work ethic when pursuing a job. "We need good people, not just a degree. We need people who are willing to go above and beyond and strive for excellence."

In advance of the Industry Showcase, students will take part in Project Leadership-led workshops to learn about employment opportunities in Grant County and the industries featured at the Industry Showcase, and to prepare a resume that they used when meeting with employers.

Nate McNeely, Marion Community Schools, 667-7875
Gwen Hodson, Madison-Grant United School Corp., 948-5132
Steve Gibson, Project Leadership, 651-0650
Mikayla Marazzi, Grant-County Economic Growth Council, 662-0650
Kylie Jackson, Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, 664-5107

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