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Verbatim: Trine, Lakeland to launch New Tech initiative

Statement issued Friday:

With help from Trine University, Lakeland High School in LaGrange County will provide innovative education this fall through the New Technology High School initiative.

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis introduced New Tech to Indiana in 2005 to improve academic achievement and economic development. Since then, 22 schools are working toward its implementation.

New Tech employs unique methods of learning and teaching in a school design that transforms education, according to its Web site. Students have opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st-century global economy.

Working in groups, New Tech High School students engage in projects encompassing multiple areas of learning. With classroom teachers as leaders and guides, they learn collaboratively in large open spaces, ultimately becoming directors of their own learning.

Through the Trine/Lakeland School Corp. partnership, Lakeland High School students can enroll in the Trine Middle College concurrent enrollment program and receive dual high school and Trine University credit. Courses will be delivered at Lakeland by experienced and credentialed Lakeland teachers.

To enhance their learning, Trine will provide Lakeland New Tech students access to its advanced laboratory facilities in Fawick Hall, the Aerospace Engineering building, Best Hall of Science and the Trine North Technology Center.

Trine experts will serve as project mentors based on the New Tech High School model, and will develop learning resources such as podcasts and distance learning simulcasts to support New Tech instruction at Lakeland.

Secondary education majors in Trine’s Franks School of Education will enjoy an opportunity to learn in the new educational environment at Lakeland, and Lakeland will also give Trine elementary and middle school education majors learning experiences in their school system.

“The collaboration will (give Lakeland students) real-world experience and … 21st century skills that transfer directly to post-secondary levels,” said Lakeland School Corp. Superintendent Risa Herber. “They will glimpse the future and see that college is different than when their folks attended—it’s through partnerships with businesses and industries. Trine’s business, engineering and education programs are a perfect match.”

“We are truly excited to partner with Lakeland High School as they implement the New Tech curriculum,” said Trine Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Finley. “It is believed that this innovative program will result in transformative change to the education process, injecting high-tech and project-based learning to prepare graduates to compete in today’s world economy.”

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