Porter County Career and Technical Center

Hopefully you have already taken the opportunity to visit the Porter County Career and Technical Center to tour and learn about the many programs offered.  These courses are for students pursuing four-year college degrees, students looking to earn an associate degree, and for students who plan to enter the workforce and will need a credential to do so.  In short, the Porter County Career Center has a program to benefit all students!

Dual credits are available through many of the courses and student walk away with college credits while still in high school.  Additionally, industry recognized certifications are imbedded into many of the programs allowing students to graduate from these programs eligible to enter the work force in high-wage, high-demand jobs.

If you have been following the updates about the Graduation Pathways, you will see that these programs fit right into what is needed for high school graduation.  Watch this legislative session–there may be more legislation proposed for what is required of high school students prior to graduation!

The window is tight to enroll.  Make sure you have completed the form below and returned it to Miss Horvat or Mrs. Gibbs.  If you want to learn more about the programs, click on the link above and follow the programs link to learn more about each program and the job potential for the future!

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PTSC Standouts:


National Standout!  Fantastic job to Mrs. Holland’s class–and to Peyton Brown!

Paper Airplane Challenge

At the beginning of the school year, our class( Mrs. Holland 4th grade) began a 6 week stem unit on aerodynamics.  Part of this unit included submitting a video of our class’ longest flight of a paper airplane modified by adding a simple motor to a national competition by PowerUp Toys.  For many of my students, just building a paper airplane was a foreign concept.  They had spent so much of their free time with electronics like PlayStations and Xboxes, that this old fashion concept of folding paper into planes was very challenging and exciting for them.

They learned about aerodynamic terms of lift, weight, thrust and drag. Working with their classmates, we had discussions on what is the best design for a simple paper airplane and how we could change the design to improve distance, time in flight, and direction of flight.  Over the course of the unit, students learned about parts of planes and their functions. They applied this to their design by cutting flaps to make rudders and change the way they folded their planes to improve on the flight.

After all their studies, the students then tested their plane designs by flying them in the gym. When they were confident they had a good plane, a small motor was added. Once the motor was added, we videotaped their test flight.  The longest flight was made by Peyton Brown. That flight was submitted to the National Contest.  To our delight, her entry won third place in the United States.  The First Place entry was from– Mike Benson’s 6th Grade science class from Our Lady of Grace in Edina, Minn. Second Place – Suzanne Schedin’s 5th Grade class from Herold Pond Elementary School in Milford, N.H.

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.  She counts on you to send her updates all can celebrate PTSC student accomplishments!

Important Dates:

    • Approved 2018-2019 Calendar
    • December 21:  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
    • December 24-January 4:  Winter Break–No School
    • January 7:  Classes Resume
    • January 8:  School Safety Panel Discussion and Special Presentation–all are invited
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    • January 23:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • February 15:  Virtual, Online Make-up Day
    • February 18:  President’s Day–No School
    • February 27:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 15:  End of Quarter 3
    • March 20:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 25-29:  Spring Break–No School
    • April 17:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • April 19:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • April 22:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • May 27:  Memorial Day–No School
    • May 29:  Last Student Day
    • May 31:  BGHS Graduation
  • Things to Know/Do:

    • Now hiring substitute teachers! Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
    • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates? Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
    • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start. If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.

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