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"You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making."
-Stephen Richards

Advancing Careers

10 Noble County employees upped their work credentials by graduating from a NobleUP incumbent worker training program.

This class, taught by Ivy Tech’s Dave Johnson, was an industrial maintenance class that covered electrical, fluid power, mechanical, automation skills topics and more. The course took place over a 26-week period and was described by Johnson as “a lot of hands-on work and studying” for the students. Employees from Carlex Glass, Dexter Axle, TI Automotive, Colwell Colour, Bosch, and Creative Liquid Coatings completed the course.

At the graduation ceremony, three groups of students were able to present their projects. Each group designed, fabricated, and programmed working can crusher machines using skills they learned throughout the course.

Several students described the course as a great learning experience. “I got to dive into subjects I had not been familiar with before,” said Creative Liquid Coatings employee Cody Smith.

Family members and employers came in support of the participants. Tyler Witte, Learning and Development Specialist at Carlex Glass, said that the employees now have the skills and a certification that they can take anywhere they go.

“They have moved up in the company and have been placed on a career path than can lead them into engineering, if they choose to participate in our tuition reimbursement program,” he said.

Rick Sherck of the Noble County EDC described Noble County as one of the “most aggressive” counties in executing this type of training. Ivy Tech’s lead program director Kaylene Smith agreed, saying Noble County employees and students usually have the best response to the programs.

The NobleUP training programs are provided through collaboration among the Noble County EDC, Ivy Tech, WorkOne, Freedom Academy, and IMPACT Institute. They are designed with the intention to “up” the skills, wages, and quality of life of Noble County workers and residents.

For more information about NobleUP training programs, visit or call the WorkOne northeast career center at 260-599-1000.

Back row, left to right: Brett Miller, Austin Parshall, Aaron Poe, Chris Ruegsegger, Cody James
Front row, left to right: Brandon Maddux, Tiffany Gillison, Bob Riemen, Derek Iddings, Travis Haines
Prioritizing Early Education
A group of community leaders met to discuss early education initiatives at the Dekko Foundation earlier this month.
Guest speaker Carrie Bale led the meeting to share her experience with BY5, an early education program that focuses on getting kids ready for kindergarten.

The early childhood education coalition discussed what Noble County resources can be used and the approaches that can be adopted from BY5 in order to develop a similar program for children ages 0-5 and their families.

Representatives from the Noble County EDC, Dekko Foundation, United Way of Noble County, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, and Kendallville YMCA were present.
Left to right: Sami Jacobs, Kimberly Schroeder, Carrie Bale, Debi Pfaffenberger, John Peirce, Casey Weimer
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