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Are you ready to vote? Blog 

Are you ready to vote?

Will you be 18 years old by November 5, 2019? If so, you can register to vote in the state of Indiana. You may register online, by mail or in-person. If you are a college student, you may register either with your school address or your home address—but not both. Also, remember Indiana has a strict photo ID requirement in order to vote, so make sure you have your ID with you when you head to the polls.

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It’s not Hogwarts, but it’s close Blog 

It’s not Hogwarts, but it’s close

A new festival is happening in Indianapolis and all our wizarding dreams are coming true. Niantic, in partnership with WB Games, will be hosting the first Harry Potter: Wizards United Fan Festival in Indianapolis. The festival will take place at White River State Park this Labor Day weekend (August 31 – September 1). The game, which comes from the creators of Pokémon GO, is a real-world augmented reality experience centered around the Harry Potter Wizarding World. Grab your wands and robes and head to White River State Park for some wizarding fun!

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Welcome Gen Con! Blog 

Welcome Gen Con!

It’s here! 60,000 people are in downtown Indianapolis for the annual, 4-day tabletop gaming convention – Gen Con. Attendees from all over the world will be involved in the 19,000 events taking place through the weekend. From Star Trek to Star Wars to Game of Thrones, the city will be full of costumed Klingons, Storm Troopers and quite possibly a few Mothers of Dragons along with unicorns and various other creatures. More than 550 of those attending seminars will be educators, librarians and retailers. Who knows – your history teacher may be here disguised as…

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Do you have to file tax returns for summer jobs? Blog 

Do you have to file tax returns for summer jobs?

In addition to being a great source of walking-around money or funds of college expenses, summer jobs can be great educational tools for teens and young adults. We’ll title one of these lessons “Welcome to the Tax System 101.” You need to report your income, kids, and the rules for you aren’t necessarily any simpler than those for your parents. Of course, you might be able to persuade them to do the dirty work and fill out the return, or even report your income on their own returns. Bill Bischoff of…

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It’s All About Me Career 

It’s All About Me

OK, actually it’s not. Really. Despite what too many social media posts would lead you to believe, being self-absorbed is not a good look.On the other hand, it is important to be able to tell others about who you are. One approach is called an “elevator pitch” because it is a quick introduction that lasts no longer than a short elevator ride. On a piece of paper or in a journal, write words or short phrases to describe your interests, skills, big issues that concern you, and goals for the…

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Countdown to a Career You’ll Love Career 

Countdown to a Career You’ll Love

With high school graduation right around the corner, you need a plan for the mission of your life. As you count down to your last years, months and weeks, use these questions to guide you to your next destination: a career you’ll love—or at least like. 3. What interests you? It’s easy to be distracted by those “highest-paying careers” lists, or even by a good starting salary straight out of high school, without thinking about what you really like to do and how your values, preferences and personality can shape…

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Career Outlook Career 

Career Outlook

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development predicts that more than one million jobs will need to be filled in Indiana over the next 10 years. That’s a lot of jobs—but what kind of jobs? And where do you fit in? Where Are the Good Jobs? The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that total employment in the U.S. will increase by 20.5 million jobs between 2010 and 2020, with the fastest growth in healthcare, personal care and social assistance, and construction.Other fields expected to increase: professional and technical occupations, including computer…

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Beyond the Minimum Wage Career 

Beyond the Minimum Wage

If you’ve had a part-time or summer job, you’ve probably already figured out that one minimum-wage job isn’t going to support you forever. Experts say that earning a college degree continues to be a key pathway to a good career and a bigger paycheck. But there are so many ways to combine working, learning, and earning, such as: Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to enter a high-paying, in-demand career, because all the training is at no cost to you, and you even earn a paycheck while you work toward a…

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Are Robots Going to Take My Job? Career 

Are Robots Going to Take My Job?

Indiana is a huge manufacturing state, and finding skilled talent is important to keep the state producing everything from cars to medical devices to plastics. Some jobs in manufacturing will continue to change thanks to technology and robotics, but the good news is that people will be needed to create, program, repair, monitor these new systems, and provide all the other services related to manufacturing. Those jobs will likely increase along with other professional and technical occupations. In fact, over the next ten years, U.S. manufacturers are expected to add…

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How She Did It: A Love of Cars, A Cool Career Career 

How She Did It: A Love of Cars, A Cool Career

Breanna Gillum attended four different high schools before graduating from North Putnam High School in 2019, but one thing always stayed constant: her love of working on cars. “It started when I got my first car,” Gillum says. “If there was an issue with it, I wanted to fix it. Working on cars is my relaxing place.” She learned new skills through the diesel automotive program at Area 30 Career Center and added experience to her resume as an intern at Hendershots Auto Care Center, where she did tire rotations,…

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How He Did It: Making New Discoveries in the Lab Blog Career 

How He Did It: Making New Discoveries in the Lab

Throughout high school in Winamac, Indiana, Caleb Schmicker knew he wanted to work in a scientific field. “I have an older sister who is a nurse, so toward the end of my high school career, I was leaning towards a more hands on job in medicine, whether that either be a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist,” Schmicker said. “When deciding my major at Butler University, I wanted to choose something that not only aligned with my interests but was a degree that I could take many directions.” In fact, his path…

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STEM Fields Are Hot Career 

STEM Fields Are Hot

According to Pew Research Center, employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79 percent since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. STEM fields include computer, math, engineering and architecture. STEM workers are physical scientists, life scientists and those in health-related occupations such as health care practitioners and technicians, too. Other facts: • STEM training in college is associated with higher earnings, whether working in a STEM occupation or not. Among college-educated workers employed full-time year-round, the median earnings for those…

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Engineering Design Creates Broad-Based Engineers Career 

Engineering Design Creates Broad-Based Engineers

A new major in engineering design at top-ranked Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is adding even more real-world value to the already-practical study of engineering. Believed to be the first such bachelor’s degree program in the country, the engineering design curriculum combines design studio classes, junior-year off-campus partnerships with industry, and hands-on experience with machine shops, rapid prototyping, software programming, and computer-aided design. The program was created in response to the rapidly changing engineering landscape, says program director Patsy Brackin, an award-winning engineering educator. Increasingly, she says, the lines between traditional…

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Impress the Boss Career 

Impress the Boss

You’ve got your first job. You want to make a good impression. What to do? Experts say work on your employability skills: customer service, teamwork, a willingness to learn, and the desire to do things the right way. Employer surveys consistently show that good employees demonstrate their:• Ability to work in a team• Problem-solving skills• Written communication skills• Strong work ethic• Verbal communication skills• Leadership• Initiative• Analytical/math skills• Flexibility How would you rate yourself in those categories? Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from teachers, coaches, and your employer…

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Take the ACT or SAT College 

Take the ACT or SAT

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can also take the SAT and ACT for free. Ask your school counselor for more information 2019–2020 ACT Test Date Registration DeadlineSeptember 14, 2019 August 16, 2019October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020Learn more about the ACT at act.org. 2019–2020 SAT Test Date Registration DeadlineAugust 24, 2019 July 24, 2019October 5, 2019 September 5, 2019November 2, 2019 October…

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Five College Myths  You Can Stop Believing College 

Five College Myths You Can Stop Believing

Myth #1 College isn’t for everyone.If you think college isn’t for you, maybe you should think about all the ways you can go to college. You can take classes full time or part time, online, on campus close to home, far away or in between. Community college certificates and associate degrees can help you keep learning beyond high school and increase your hiring and earning potential. Don’t be too quick to dismiss college as an opportunity. Do some research online and ask your counselor—and every adult you know—to help you…

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How He Did It: Finding the Right Fit Blog College 

How He Did It: Finding the Right Fit

Growing up in Fort Wayne, Mateo Gonzalez was given a clear message from his mother and grandparents. “It was drilled into us that we would get a college degree,” he said. So, after graduating from Northside High School, Gonzalez started college. It didn’t go well. “Without having a set career path, I stopped showing up to classes and I failed my entire second semester,” Gonzalez said. “I thought, ‘College isn’t for me.’ I felt like I was failing.” Gonzalez took a semester off, then returned to college, this time to…

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Application Basics College 

Application Basics

Choose at least three and up to six or more colleges to apply to. Even if you have a favorite, make a list of several schools you’ll almost definitely be accepted by, a couple of schools you have a good chance of being accepted by, and a couple of schools that might be a reach but you’re hoping to be accepted by. This way, you’ll have options when you make your decision Get organized. It’s hard to keep all the information about financial aid, programs, courses and housing about each…

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High School is the Right Time to Earn College Credit College 

High School is the Right Time to Earn College Credit

Earning college credits while you are still in high school is a smart move. You’ll be ahead of the game at a lower cost and may also learn some valuable lessons about the demands of college-level learning. Check with your counselor for programs you might qualify for, but here are at least two ways that work for many students: • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses. AP courses are offered at your high school in order to provide an opportunity for college credit. At the end of the course, you take a…

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Transition to College in 3 Steps Blog College 

Transition to College in 3 Steps

1. Leave your parents behind. OK, a bit extreme. But if you haven’t learned to do some basic self-care habits (setting your own alarm to wake up, doing laundry, budgeting your spending money, keeping track of your stuff) it’s past time. College will test your abilities in many ways, so get the basics of adulthood down now. 2. Embrace the college experience. Attend every freshman welcome week or orientation activity you can, and don’t hesitate to plunge right into campus life. Make a goal to join at least one organization…

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