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A bill going to the Senate floor would create a program for high schoolers to try out careers while performing community service, called the Indiana Youth Service Program. 

The program would last for 10 weeks during the summer between a high school student’s junior and senior years. Public or private high school students could apply. A pilot group of students would be selected by a panel based on their curiosity, work ethic, and desire to serve others.

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Lawmakers have proposed a measure to create a curriculum for high schoolers to explore careers in energy and utilities. The Senate Committee on Education and Career Development discussed the bill Wednesday.

At the hearing, Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) said the bill would create a talent pipeline for unfilled jobs in electricity, natural gas, water, communications and wastewater.

“I’ve become aware of a serious issue and that is a workforce shortage,” Koch says.

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This school year, a dozen high school students in Elkhart County are testing out a new apprenticeship model that went from Colorado to New York City, and now Indiana. Student apprentices will work part-time at local companies and get paid. Organizers hope the program will help connect students with companies that say they can’t find enough skilled workers. 

At Robert Weed Plywood in Bristol, it’s high school junior Chris Camacho’s first day on the job – and his first day of school. He’s getting a tour of the factory floor from his training supervisor, Natalie Hart.

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Students equipped with more advanced high school diplomas perform better in college, according to a new report highlighting the need for schools to offer more support for low-income students and students of color.

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Ally Fulp and Levi Dotson live down the street from each other, and compete all the time. They’re in Levi’s yard, shooting at the clay targets Fulp’s dad sends whipping through the air. 

The sound of gunfire isn’t uncommon here. The two high schoolers have been target shooting for years.

They’re both figuring out where they want to go to college. Dotson could go to one of the best marine biology schools in the country with his grades. But he and Fulp have another focus beyond academics: a school with a trap shooting team.

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A high school construction program in central Indiana was the first to receive an apprenticeship certification from the Department of Workforce Development. It will fast-track students into the workforce after high school.