Landon Porter, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Jim Banks visited the Whitko Career Academy on Friday, March 26th to present the school with the official record shared in the House of Representatives by the congressman on March 1st, 2021.
The statement found in the United States Congressional Records reads:
Proceedings and Debates of the 117th Congress First Session
Monday March 1, 2021
Honoring the work of Whitko Career Academy
House of Representatives
Hon. Jim Banks
In the House of Representatives
Mr. BANKS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize Whitko Career Academy in Whitley County for their impressive and important work to help young Hoosiers succeed in the 21st century workforce. Part of Whitko Community Schools in Larwill, Whitko Career Academy was founded in September 2019 to help create career opportunities for students in the surrounding community.
Upwards of 500 students walk through the doors of the academy each day. Inside, each student engages in hands-on, skills-based learning. Made possible through partnerships with The 80/20 Foundation Trust and The Whitley County Community Foundation, the academy gives these students the tools they need to pursue livelihoods in manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, technology, education and more.
Earlier this month, the academy formed a three-way partnership with WishBone Medical Inc. in Warsaw and Red Star Contract Manufacturing to bolster the academy's engineering curriculum. Students will be manufacturing components for one of Wish Bone's pediatric medical devices. This year, the academy will also serve as the home of the Whitko Agricultural Program and Future Farmers of America--organizations together dedicated to training the next generation of leaders in agriculture.
In the year and a half since its founding, Whitko Career Academy has established itself as a model for career and technical education. Hoosiers are thankful for, and proud of, this institution for the immediate impact it has brought to northeast Indiana. This record is testament to the life-changing education hundreds of young Hoosiers have received, and will continue to receive, at the Whitko Career Academy for years to come.
Member of Congress
Indiana's 3rd District”
Joe Luce, Director of Whitko Career Academy received the official record on behalf of Whitko Community Schools. Also in attendance were Superintendent Steve Darnell, Whitko School Board Members, WCA Consultant Matt Dahms, Kathy Heuer of Whitley County Community Foundation, as well as staff and students from WCA.