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Miracle needed to save adult education

It may take a miracle to save the Portage Adult Education program.

At Wednesday’s Portage Township Schools board discussion meeting, Superintendent Mike Berta said he will recommend at the Jan. 31 board meeting the district not submit an application to sponsor the program for the next school year.

Asked after the meeting, the majority of the board members said they will support Berta’s recommendation.
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On 10th anniversary, Wikipedia aims for diversity

Wikipedia, the online trove of assorted facts and trivia, is trying to be more well-rounded.

As the encyclopedia nears its 10th birthday on Saturday, its leaders are seeking a more diverse group of editors—specifically, women, people in developing countries and people with expertise in assorted disciplines.

Wikipedia is about to open an office in India and wants to expand further in Brazil, Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. Today, 20 percent of the site’s pages are written in English, but the organization expects that to change over the next 10 years.
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The University of Saint Francis Crown Point opens new facility to serve increased enrollment

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from the University of Saint Francis:

The University of Saint Francis Crown Point (USFCP) is set to open its new facility on January 15. The campus’ new home will serve a record enrollment of 141 students.

The newly constructed building is located at 12800 Mississippi Parkway along U.S. 231 just east of I-65. Among its many features, the 15,000-square-foot building contains eight classrooms, a computer lab and resource center—all designed to meet an increasing need for educational services for up to 350 students.
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Learning from the schools

Jessica Watkins, from left, Amanda Ross, Ashley Adler, and Nichol Almodovar stand in the Humane Society Northwest Indiana in Gary. The Indiana University Northwest students, through the university's Small Business Institute, gave business recommendations to the Humane Society. (Photograph by Yvette Marie Dostatni.)

Jessica Watkins, from left, Amanda Ross, Ashley Adler, and Nichol Almodovar stand in the Humane Society Northwest Indiana in Gary. The Indiana University Northwest students, through the university's Small Business Institute, gave business recommendations to the Humane Society. (Photograph by Yvette Marie Dostatni.)

Looking for good business advice on the cheap?

Call your local university or college campus and tap into their brainpower. They are a little-known resource for every type and size of business, and most offer consulting and other services at no cost to clients.

Kevin Bradley, of JB Office Furniture in Schererville, used the services of Indiana University Northwest’s Small Business Institute, or SBI, two years ago. Sales increased 20 percent and website hits increased by 45 percent.
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Local schools serious players in economic development

NIPSCO engineer Tim Wright, left, stands on the roof of the NIPSCO Bailly Generating Station building in Chesterton with Dui Huang, Bin Wu and Tom Roesel, who are students in Purdue University Calumet's Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation. PUC students saved NIPSCO $1.9 million annually on a pollution control project. (Photograph by Kyle Telechan/The Times.)

NIPSCO engineer Tim Wright, left, stands on the roof of the NIPSCO Bailly Generating Station building in Chesterton with Dui Huang, Bin Wu and Tom Roesel, who are students in Purdue University Calumet's Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation. PUC students saved NIPSCO $1.9 million annually on a pollution control project. (Photograph by Kyle Telechan/The Times.)

ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, is mining something besides iron ore these days—the knowledge and technology generated by local universities and colleges.

The company has a College Partnership Program and challenged Purdue University Calumet students at the new Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, or CIVS, to find a solution for a technical inefficiency in its strip processing line.
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University Promenade construction to start soon in Valparaiso

The University Promenade proposed for Lincolnway at University Drive is a commercial/residential project planned for Valparaiso's Eastgate commercial corridor. It is set to break ground in the next 30 days. Proposed by Schererville developer Al Krygier, University Promenade would be built on 2.8 acres along University Drive between Lincolnway and LaPorte Avenue, leading into the new north entrance to Valparaiso University. Plans call for two three-story buildings. The first floor will be commercial and retail, and the upper floors will be two-story urban loft style townhomes. (Rendering provided.)

The University Promenade proposed for Lincolnway at University Drive is a commercial/residential project planned for Valparaiso's Eastgate commercial corridor. It is set to break ground in the next 30 days. Proposed by Schererville developer Al Krygier, University Promenade would be built on 2.8 acres along University Drive between Lincolnway and LaPorte Avenue, leading into the new north entrance to Valparaiso University. Plans call for two three-story buildings. The first floor will be commercial and retail, and the upper floors will be two-story urban loft style townhomes. (Rendering provided.)

A few minor details remain, such as finding trees that produce less leaf litter, but construction on University Promenade is expected to begin within the next 30 days.

Representatives of University Promenade LLC met Tuesday with the city’s Site Review Committee to go over changes made since the plan first was reviewed in August. Engineering consultant Jeffrey Bann said the first building could be ready for occupancy by the end of July. The project was selected by the city’s Redevelopment Commission in July 2009.
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Program points workers to careers in steel

Jon Andrew Sweeney, of Matteson, stands in front of a blast furnace Thursday at the ArcelorMittal steel mill in Burns Harbor. Sweeney was just hired by ArcelorMittal after taking classes at Prairie State College in the Steelworker for the Future program. ArcelorMittal has hired four recent graduates of Steelworker for the Future, a training partnership launched two years ago to bring more craft workers into the steel industry, said Mark Langbehn, manager of hourly employee training at ArcelorMittal USA. (Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks/The Times.)

Jon Andrew Sweeney, of Matteson, stands in front of a blast furnace Thursday at the ArcelorMittal steel mill in Burns Harbor. Sweeney was just hired by ArcelorMittal after taking classes at Prairie State College in the Steelworker for the Future program. ArcelorMittal has hired four recent graduates of Steelworker for the Future, a training partnership launched two years ago to bring more craft workers into the steel industry, said Mark Langbehn, manager of hourly employee training at ArcelorMittal USA. (Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks/The Times.)

Andrew Sweeney said it wasn’t part of his initial plan to work in the steel industry.

Hired earlier this year as an electrical maintenance technician working at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, Sweeney said his thoughts changed once he enrolled in a training program that helped him snag a job with the world’s largest steelmaker.
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Business students gain real-world experience

Jessica Taggert, a senior Indiana University Northwest business student from Hobart, explains to her client company and her fellow classmates Wednesday night at the Gary campus how social networking websites such as Facebook can help a business promote itself. During the fall semester for their consumer behavior course, IU Northwest students worked in groups to develop advertising campaigns for five local businesses. (Photograph by Dan Shelton/The Times.)

Jessica Taggert, a senior Indiana University Northwest business student from Hobart, explains to her client company and her fellow classmates Wednesday night at the Gary campus how social networking websites such as Facebook can help a business promote itself. During the fall semester for their consumer behavior course, IU Northwest students worked in groups to develop advertising campaigns for five local businesses.
(Photograph by Dan Shelton/The Times.)

A collaboration between students from Indiana University Northwest’s School of Business and Economics and local businesses was a lesson in symbiosis.

During the fall semester for their consumer behavior course, IU Northwest students worked in groups to develop advertising campaigns for five local businesses.

The project allowed them to learn more about a consumer’s decision-making process while they worked with each company’s point person and assessed the business’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
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IVDiagnostics and Entech Innovation Center support the STEM Mentor program of Discoveries Unlimited

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from the STEM Mentor program:

Middle school girls and their mentors in the STEM Mentor program will explore the field of biomedical science as IVDiagnostics and Entech Innovation Center hosts Discoveries Unlimited on December 11, 2010.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to have the Entech Innovation Center host the last in the series of Mentor and Mentee events for 2010,” stated Charlie McGill, Executive Director of the Entech Innovation Center. Read the rest of this entry »


GUEST COMMENTARY: Data show improvement in Indiana’s public schools

Gov. Mitch Daniels, in a November 7 opinion piece regarding education in Indiana, stated: “Only the most selfish special interests still insist on defending the status quo.” No argument there.

Our students deserve the best, and we know all schools are not as good as all of our students deserve. I commend the governor for his support to require highly effective teachers for all of our children and improved accountability for all schools. Those are big issues and worthy of our time, debate and efforts to make significant improvements. However, we won’t get there by ignoring Indiana’s educational successes.
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