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Verbatim: New Tech video released

Statement issued Monday:

Fort Wayne, IN – The Talent Initiative, the program behind the Talent Made Here campaign, is releasing a new video today that offers a firsthand, behind the scenes glimpse at New Tech high schools. The video is meant to be a visual supplement to the New Tech information already available on the website, www.TalentMadeHere.com.

Northeast Indiana is currently home to four New Tech high schools with a fifth set to open next year, giving this region the highest concentration of New Techs in the country. And New Techs in Northeast Indiana are unique in that they focus on STEM education-science, technology, education and math. But even with all of the New Tech buzz, few people are sure about what a New Tech High School really is.

“New Tech is such a dynamic idea, we really thought that it was essential to show people what it’s like, not just explain it,” Talent Initiative Communications Manager Courtney Tritch said. “This way potential students and their parents can see real New Tech students, teachers and classrooms and hear what it’s all about directly from them.”

Students from any district can elect to attend a New Tech high school, which are typically part of the public school system, but New Techs differ in that subjects are integrated and all teaching is done in a project-based learning (PBL) format. They meet or exceed state standards but also have an intense focus on developing students’ 21st century skills like oral and written communication, critical thinking, work ethic, collaboration, problem solving, creativity and presentation skills.

“People often get caught up with the ’technology’ in New Techs but the reality is technology is simply a tool students are using to learn. It’s the way that they are learning that is unique. New Techs are an immersive project-based learning environment where students are engaged in ways they never have been before. On a daily basis they are learning 21st century skills from real world scenarios and often from local professionals,” said Talent Initiative Director Leonard Helfrich.

The video along with a list of Northeast Indiana New Tech high schools and a comprehensive brochure explaining the New Tech concept can be found at www.TalentMadeHere.com/newtech.

About the Talent Initiative

The Talent Initiative, established by a $20 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., is a 10-county regional program focused on accelerating education and training initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The primary goals of the Talent Initiative are to increase the base of highly skilled workers to meet the needs of the defense/aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries, while increasing job quality and reversing the current decline in regional per capita income. The program receives financial oversight from Community Partnerships, Inc., a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and operational oversight from the Northeast Indiana Fund, a supporting organization of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

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