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.

Dear Porter County CTE Parent and Student,


I want to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to begin your future with Porter County Career and Technical Education.  I appreciate your patience as our administrative team works with all of the school districts.  We have spent a great deal of time over the past few weeks working with all of the superintendents of our partnering schools.  As you can imagine, we are just one component in the whole picture of your education, which has made the process complicated.


At this time, our plan is to start on August 12th in the “green” with full face to face sessions.  As you are aware, Portage High School and Hobart High School house many of our programs and we have been working on a plan to ensure students are still receiving the education pathway they have chosen. We will keep you informed of the schedules for courses offered at Portage and Hobart as they are finalized.  Our goal would be to safely provide the hands on component of our programming while giving students the foundation should we need to move to a “hybrid” or complete virtual model.


All school districts have noted they will follow their existing routines to transport students from the high schools to the Career Center and, in some cases, other program locations.  However, students whose schools have adopted virtual learning to start the school year would need to get themselves to their home high school to catch the bus to the program locations.  


Our CTE teachers have been working hard to ensure they can deliver the material to your students so that students will be able to continue to receive dual credits and their certifications.  Students may need to be prepared to complete additional hours next summer if the certification requirements have not yet been met.  Students in the EMT and Fire Science programs are bound by the requirements of the Department of Homeland Security, and students MUST complete those requirements.  Students in the Cosmetology program are bound by the Indiana Licensing Board for Cosmetology, and they also will have to abide by those requirements. Additionally, programs offered at Ivy Tech are expected to be face to face and are following the University Guidelines for Ivy Tech.  The classes based at Ivy Tech, Welding and Construction:  HVAC, start on Aug. 24.  You should be receiving a “Virtual Learning Expectations Sheet” from your program teacher which will outline the expectations throughout the course of this school year.  


I am attaching a copy of the “Porter County Career and Technical Center: Health and Safety Protocols” so you can see the expectations for our classroom instruction this school year.  Regardless of program location, our goal is to have teachers follow this protocol for the safety of your students.


We are very concerned about the health and well being of your student, our staff and the community.  We want to recognize that the plans are very fluid and that we are closely monitoring the decisions of our partnering districts.  Mr. Franks, the Career Center principal, will be providing further information to those students who will participate in programs at the Career Center. 


Audra L. Peterson, EdS

Director of Porter County Career and Technical Education

How to sign up:

  • 1

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

  • 2

    See your guidance counselor for more detailed information and schedules.

  • 3

    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:

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A note from our director

Your career choice has a huge impact on your future. It affects how much money you make, your lifestyle, and the satisfaction you feel from what you do every day. You can set an exciting new direction for yourself with Porter County Career and Technical Education!

Porter County Career and Technical Education is much more than high school. It is a high school with direction, hands-on learning, and real-world work experience. You’ll earn credits that can be transferred to a two or four-year college. Plus, you’ll earn certifications recognized by business and industry that could secure you a job right out of high school!

Our staff has the knowledge, skills, and work experience to bring their classrooms alive! Their passion radiates among the students and staff to create a culture of professionalism at the career center.

I invite you to visit our career center for a tour. Ask questions, and find out more about how we help each one of our students open the door to their future!


Audra Peterson


Porter County Career and Technical Education


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