Hinds Career Center ... Explore the Possibilities!Opening in 1968, Hinds Career Center is located in northwest Madison County in Elwood Indiana, the second largest city in the county. It serves seven school districts in Madison, Hamilton, Tipton, and Grant counties. Six of the seven school corporations are rural districts with one or two small towns. The majority of the local workforces of these communities commute outside of the school districts for employment. Agriculture is a substantial part of the economy of these districts.
Hinds Career Center, area career-technical education district #25, is comprised of five school districts: Alexandria Community School Corporation, Elwood Community School Corporation, Frankton-Lapel Community School Corporation, Madison-Grant United School Corporation, and Tipton Community School Corporation. Three other districts have chosen to enter into an operating agreement with Hinds to provide educational opportunities for their students: Hamilton Heights School Corporation, Noblesville Schools, and Northern Community Schools of Tipton County (Tri-Central).
Hinds is Indiana's first career center and one of only three in the Indiana accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Institutions.
Hinds Career Center provides the learning environment necessary for success in mastering those life-long skills essential for success in continuing education, the work force, and the community through career preparation emphasizing technical, communication and teamworking skills.
The following committees serve in an advisory capacity to the administration and teaching staff of Hinds Career Center with the General Advisory Committee serving as the primary advising body. The committees consist predominately of non-educators, with the exception of the Guidance Advisory Committee which consists of counselors from each transferring school, and are selected due to their knowledge, experience in business and industry, expertise and understanding of the interrelationships between education and the workplace. Each committee assists in the assessment of program needs, development/revisions of policies, procedures and guidelines for overall career center operations, reviews use of federal Carl D. Perkins Fund grant monies and serves as an advocate for the career center and it’s programs within the surrounding communities.
- General Advisory
- Guidance Advisory
- Student Advisory
- 7 program advisory committees
Funding sources for the career center are transfer tuitions paid by participating school corporations, state tuition support derived through pupil enrollment and Carl D. Perkins Federal Vocational Act Grant. Additional funding for operations is provided by the Elwood Community School Corporation.
Student Expectations and Graduate Competencies
To take advantage of the opportunities available to students, the following is expected of all students of Hinds Career Center:
- Students should have high expectations for their academic and technical achievements.
- Students should strive to grow in maturity and to develop self discipline and self-motivation.
- Students should take pride in themselves and their friends, faculty, school, family and community.
- Student behavior should reflect good citizenship.
- Students are expected to be in attendance daily.
- Students are expected to treat one another with respect.
- Students are expected to follow guidelines established for student behavior.
- Students are expected to keep their textbooks, lockers and the building in good condition.
- Students are expected to appreciate the expense of technical equipment and to use it with care.
As a result of the educational experience at Hinds Career Center, each student should:
- Demonstrate proficiency in entry-level technical skills in his/her chosen field.
- Demonstrate characteristics essential for successful transition to and progress in his/her chosen path beyond
- high school, including:
- Excellent attendance.
- Respect for and cooperation with coworkers and superiors.
- Self-motivation to perform above the expected.
- Use of creative thinking skills to make decisions and solve problems.
- Proficiency in the use of basic skills in reading, writing, written and oral communication, mathematics,
- listening and speaking.
- Self-management and responsibility.
- Demonstrate pride and active participation in the community in which s/he lives.