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NUTS AND BOLTS

CIMS AND HOT RODS-During a Computer
Integrated Manufacturing Systems (CIMS)
course, above, students learn introductory
coding and multi-axis programming. Right,
students in auto service technology work on
a hot rod engine for a spring competition
that tests the time it takes to assemble and
disassemble the components.

$25 and $75 to take courses.
The district buses students from
their high schools to the center for one
to three periods of time every day. And
when they arrive, administrators greet
every student. "As they come off those
12 buses, we see if there is something
wrong with these students," says Svarczkopf. "We get to know them as young
people and what challenges they have
and what their homes are like."
Counselors at the district's two high
schools help students create course
schedules and determine what they
want to study. And a community liaison cultivates business partnerships
and arranges tours of the center for
other districts, community members
and parents.
Obstacles to overcome
The biggest obstacle was the rapid
growth of the program. In the first two
years, for example, dozens of biomedical students had to share equipment
and medical supplies. And the center
had to purchase updated software
and newer computers to keep up with
advanced software.
The center's directors had to collabwww.DistrictAdministration.com

orate with the technology department
to plan a budget-deciding what they
needed in any one year and what could
wait until the following year, Goeglein
says. For example, they spent $7,000
per teacher on training during the first
year the center opened.
One-stop shop for community
The public can patronize the center's
services, including the automobile
shop, the Studio 75 salon that charges

MSD of
Lawrence Township
Students: 15,600
40% black, 30% white,
20% Latino, 10% other
Budget:
$102 million (2016)
Graduation rate: 92%
Students eligible for free
or reduced-price lunch: 60%

$10 for haircuts, and a student-run
restaurant called Bernie's Place, named
after former superintendent Bernard K.
McKenzie, who launched vocational
programs in the district in the 1970s.
The center also serves as a community gathering place where state and
local officials can rent out two banquet
rooms for catered events, Goeglein says.
Bright futures
Many of the students are finding success post-graduation. For instance,
eight IT students were hired right after
graduation as head technicians at the
district's eight elementary schools,
Goeglein says.
Others attend college, including the
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology,
a top engineering school, and Purdue
University in Lafayette.
"The McKenzie students will leave
here with some kind of opportunity
for employment," Goeglein says. "Or
they will go off to college, making
connections that will serve them well
throughout their lifetime."
Angela Pascopella is managing editor.
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