Porter County Career & Technical Education

Our purpose is to provide effective leadership in vocational and career education as it assists students in understanding and developing their career potentials in the world of work.

How to sign up:

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    Visit the Career & Technical Education programs you're interested in during scheduled preview days.

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    See your guidance counselor for more detailed information and schedules.

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    Fill out the Career & Technical Education program information form to reserve your place in class.

Dual Credit Opportunities

Increase your skills and earn college credits while still in high school!

Watch our students' testimonials:

A note from our director

“Students graduating from high school today will be shaping the economic destiny of our country. Our graduates will be entering an increasingly complex and globally competitive workplace environment. That is why it is so important for today’s young adults to leave high school with technical skills and positive workplace attitudes. They need to experience their future careers while still in high school. In our programs, we promote lifelong learning and the value of education. Our students leave high school well-prepared for their futures.” 

Jon Groth
Director of Career and Technical Education Porter County Education Services 

View our 2019 Annual Report Here

What our graduates are saying

Dr. Jillian Joyce

Dr. Jillian Joyce

The best decision I made--that’s how Dr. Jillian Joyce describes her choice to study Dental Careers with teacher Rhonda Doane.

Dr. Joycy works at Prime Smile in Indianapolis and helps mostly children and young adults with preventive care and treatments. She said that her parents were very happy that both she and her brother, Joey, who took Electronics, opted for Career and Technical Education classes. If a student is unsure about a career path, “doing a technical program junior or senior year would help you make a decision,” she noted. By learning dental assisting with Mrs. Doane, Joyce said, “I understand the other side of the chair.” Joyce graduated from Boone Grove High School in 2009 and invited Doane as an influential teacher when she was inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame at her high school.

Will Hoefflicker

Will Hoefflicker

Site manager Will Hoefflicker spends his days overseeing renovations at seven school buildings in Valparaiso Community Schools, having already seen the completion of the new Heavilin Elementary. He manages schedules and communicates with his employer, Skillman Corp., plus foremen, contractors and architects. He prepared for his job by taking Construction Trades while a student at Valparaiso High School (VHS) and followed up with a degree in Construction Management.

Hoefflicker recommends career and tech ed classes as a good foundation and the best part of the school day. “Construction class was my out,” he noted. He sometimes misses the hands-on aspects of his job but credits his hobby of flipping houses with keeping him grounded on his skills.

Jourden Bixenman

Jourden Bixenman

Earning dual college credits helped Jourden Bixenman, Hebron High School graduate, finish an associate’s degree in Design Technology in three semesters.

“The Career Center classes helped me beyond measure,” Jourden noted. She studied with Computer Aided Design/Animation teacher Bill Guinee.

The structural and interior designer at Shive-Hattery, Inc., Architecture & Engineering will continue in January to work toward a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture at Columbia College Chicago with her employer’s help.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) In Numbers


of our 2016 graduates who completed six CTE credits earned a high school diploma, and had placements in college, military or work settings upon graduation!


of high school dropouts say real-world skills education would’ve kept them in school


of CTE students say entering a CTE program of study helped them get better grades