Executive Director Notes

Field of Dreams Career Expo

 
 
Shannon Harman, our College and Career Liaison through the 3E Grant and LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce, proudly hosted the 2nd Annual Field of Dreams Career Expo, a groundbreaking event aimed at connecting local students with various employers from across the county. Held on April 18th at the Michiana Event Center, this immersive expo provided a unique opportunity for students to explore and engage with the diverse career opportunities available within LaGrange County.
 
The Field of Dreams Career Expo brought together 1,359 students from Lakeland, Prairie Heights, and Westview to interact directly with over 60 local vendors representing a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, technology, and more. The expo showcased the rich tapestry of career pathways within the county.

Throughout the day, students had the chance to participate in interactive demonstrations, informational sessions, and hands-on activities facilitated by participating employers. This experiential learning approach allowed students to gain invaluable insights into various professions, learn about the skills and qualifications required, and understand the day-to-day realities of different career paths.
 
In addition to employer showcases, the expo featured panel discussions from prominent figures in the local business community, highlighting the importance of career exploration, lifelong learning, and community involvement. Students also had the chance to network with industry professionals, ask questions, and seek advice on career planning and development.

Cooperative Purchasing

 

We are excited to contract with Amazon Business, free and available to all districts who are a member of any Educational Service Center in Indiana. Below are the benefits members can take advantage of through this contract.

  1. Districts can use Amazon Business Prime to satisfy procurement requirements for quotes since the award was done through a vetted RFP process.
  2. Members can switch over to our vetted contract in a couple of easy steps!
  3.  Districts have the option of using free Amazon Business or Paid Amazon Prime.   
    Contact us for pricing on the paid version.
  4. This contract reduces procurement complexity by eliminating the need for multiple bids and gives districts the ability to access business only pricing and bulk discounts as well as utilize one stop comparison shopping to simplify the purchasing process. Districts will also receive free shipping on orders that include at least $25 of eligible items.

Contact us today to sign up!

 
Amazon Business
 

If your district is in the market for a construction project, be sure to check out the TIPS Construction area of the website. TIPS Construction is a one-of-a-kind team dedicated to bridging the gap between supplier and end user by streamlining the procurement process.

With TIPS Construction you secure a team of seasoned individuals that collaborate with vendors and members at all levels ensuring a successful, efficient, and compliant process.

 
Click to find out more today!

Food Service

 

Technology Integration

Google Admin Certification
Level 1 Training
 
 
Tuesday, June 11th
 
 
Level 1 Details & Registration
Google Admin Certification 
Level 2 Training
 
 
Tuesday, June 18th
 
 
Level 2 Details & Registration...
Digitarium:
A Portable Planetarium
Summer Training
 
Wednesday, June 12th
 
 
Digitarium Details & Registration...
Be sure to join us for our third annual 
Summer Tech Cookout
at 
Menominee Elementary,
Plymouth, IN

Thursday, June 20th
8:30 am - 2:30 pm 
 
A full day, free event for your district tech staff to celebrate another great year, participate in team-building activities, and network with area schools.
 
See Details & Register Today!

Professional Learning

 
Summer Bootcamps
NIESC & NWIESC members only
 
Dates & Locations
AM & PM Sessions
$125 per attendee
 
 
 
Register for any date here...
 

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We strive to provide professional learning opportunities important to your district. If you don't see the topic you are looking for, reach out and let us organize on your behalf.  

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Member Spotlight

 
Will Groves
Director of Facilities & Transportation
 

Will Groves is the Director of Facilities and Transportation at John Glenn School Corporation. He is completing his third year in his current position. However, he has been in education for 18 years.

One of Will’s current projects includes the corporation's current building project. JGSC is in the middle of a 10 million dollar renovation to their elementary buildings that includes complete HVAC improvements, bathroom overhauls, and classroom overhauls. This has been a labor of love for him to oversee. He is glad to be a small part of the transformation of these now updated learning environments. Of course, this happens alongside the daily duties of making sure all buildings are running as smoothly as possible and students are still being transported on time and safely. 

Will desires for JGSC to continue to grow and consistently improve. A goal that he has for himself is to continue to be a positive leader who leads by example, not asking others to do things that he himself would not do. His hope is to continue to inspire the next generation of great student leaders and employees making JGSC the place it is today. 

We asked Will to share what he finds the most rewarding about his position. He said, “I believe that each day I have an opportunity to do good for someone else. It might be a teacher, a bus driver, a support staff member, or a student but these opportunities all have a small impact on the learning and growth of the next generations. For me, even my best planned days sometimes might not go as planned. I enjoy that no two days are the same. When something more important or critical comes along, I have an opportunity to be flexible and responsive to my great team to ensure that learning continues no matter what small crisis might be happening. Knowing that I am helping others each day and hopefully having a positive impact on the educations of the next generation is very rewarding to me.”

In his spare time, Will enjoys being a husband to his amazing wife Casey, an active father to their four amazing children, and helping others in their community by serving on multiple boards. As a family, they love to travel and enjoy spending time together in warm climates. When he is home, he enjoys quiet time on the mower or attempting to squeeze in a round of golf if he is not running a child to an activity. Life is busy but he wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Mishawaka, IN 46545

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