The Cole Professional Academy offered fifth graders a December to remember. December's focus was Personal Responsibility and Safety. Students heard from four guest speakers:
Brandon Withers: Lafayette Police Department - Speaking on the dangers of drug use and how this could affect students' personal and professional lives.
Ashley Greeley: Tippecanoe School Corporation 2017 Secondary Teacher of the Year who is on a one-year sabbatical with the National Security Agency who spoke about Internet Safety and how a person's digital footprint can be harmful to one's employment and future.
Rob Rush: Tippecanoe School Corporation School Resource Officer who spoke on 911 Emergency calls and the professional manner to take if a 911 call is made by accident.
Adam Mellady: Cole, Wainwright, and McCutcheon Alumnus who is a Marine veteran and is currently an officer in the Lafayette Police Department who spoke about having "Common Sense Conversations" with military and law enforcement officers. He also addressed how to speak to both groups of individuals and topics and names to avoid when speaking with these groups.
The Cole Professional Academy is a program designed entirely in-house by Cole Staff. It features guest speakers from the community who have covered a variety of topics including Dressing Professionally, Manners, and Etiquettte. Future Topics will include Community Service/Service to Others (Volunteerism, Passing it Forward), Personal Integrity (Job applications, sportsmanship, plagiarism), and Success at Home (Financial Success, Grocery LIst, Time Management, Restaurant Tipping/Ordering). A celebration will be held in April to recognize all students who have completed classroom and follow-up requirements to be a Cole Professional)