State's education focus shifts to vocational training


Object lessons: Dale Bupp (middle), an instructor in Walker Career Center's auto service class, shows Clayton Amos of New Palestine High School (left) and Mike Hurt of Greenfield Central High School how to check fuses in a truck.(Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Prep time: Greenfield-Central Senior Jennifer Bass goes over an assignment during a class at Walker Career Center in Indianapolis. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

INDIANAPOLIS — Dressed in a black work jumpsuit, Greenfield-Central senior Jennifer Bass could pass for any professional hair stylist.

When she dons her cap and gown this spring and hears about reaching for the stars, Bass will already be on her way.

“I like the idea that after I graduate I’ll have a high school degree, and I’ll also have my certification in cosmetology,” she said. “I can do hair styling and work my way through college.”

Bass is one of 79 Hancock County students who make the daily drive to vocational school at Walker Career Center on the east side of Indianapolis to prepare for a career.

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