Indiana Superintendent for Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick and several legislators attended the kickoff to the Cole Elementary Professional Academy. The program consists of monthly sessions to teach fifth-grade students the concepts of professionalism and various soft skills to prepare them for college and to enter the workforce. Topics include cell phone etiquette, how to tie a tie and how to complete a job application. This is the second year for the Cole Professional Academy.
Dr. McCormick and other guests joined students for the organizational session that outlined the program and expectations. Their motto is to be present, precise and polite.
Caterpillar Human Resources Director Bailey Medley talked about the value of a mentor. She told the students mentors have helped her by serving as positive role models and encouraging her to pursue her goals. Each fifth-grade student has an opportunity to work with a mentor throughout the program.
This first session was also attended by State Representative Tim Brown, Representative Sally Siegrist, Representative Sheila Klinker, State Senator Ron Alting and Kirby Risk President Doug Mansfield.