The Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) is looking to bring life back into the vocational building on the Oregon-Davis school campus to begin an automation robotics and equipment maintenance program as an extension of vocational programs through the SCILL Center.
According to Ron Gifford, the SCEDF will assist in seeking a way to fund the program full-time and to acquire equipment. A pilot program started this year with several students in the eighth grade through the tenth grade enrolled in the program.
If the program continues next year, juniors and seniors could take part in the class and earn an apprenticeship at a local facility. They could also receive additional education to put them in a higher qualifying classification.
All schools in the vocational co-op would be a part of this program.