WCCS Next Gen group

Members of Whitley County Consolidated Schools meet with Empower Schools as part of the Educational Transformation Team. Pictured from left are Dr. Laura McDermott, WCCS superintendent; Sarah Robb and Barry Tyler, Empower Schools; Brady Mullett, CCHS Principal; Eliza Davis, Empower Schools; Lori Heuer, Talent Development Director; and Jennifer Reiff, Director of Innovation and Technology.

There’s been a lot of work done already to develop programming to prepare local youth for their futures. These efforts recently gained even more support thanks to a nearly $4 million grant from the state of Indiana.

This grant was awarded to Whitley County Consolidated Schools and five other counties (Allen, Hamilton, Hendricks, Marion and Ripley), along with the Central Indiana Educational Service Center, Region 8 Education Service Center and Ivy Tech. In addition to supporting WCCS, the other schools it will go to include Fort Wayne Community, Hamilton Southeastern, Hamilton Heights, Mill Creek Community, MSD Warren and Batesville.

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