Summer vocational opportunity will benefit incoming freshmen

May 31st, 2017

KPC News

Here in northeast Indiana, local people often partner to help create brighter futures for us all. The latest example of a beneficial partnership is the effort to allow incoming high school freshmen to explore technical interests.

The Kendallville-based IMPACT Institute has talented instructors, a wealth of teaching experience and modern equipment. High school freshman are competent learners with a summer of opportunity stretching before them and all the energy needed to do great things.

The new effort called IMPACT Boot Camp will bring all these resources together with the goal of opening doors for young people.

“We are excited to show freshman what we have to offer,” said Jim Walmsley, IMPACT Institute director, in a news release this week. “It’s a great time for them to meet our instructors, try out a few areas and see if they have an interest in what we do.”

IMPACT Boot Camp begins June 7 in Kendallville and space is still available.

According to the news release, students will spend two days learning about the variety of training IMPACT Institute offers. Then they’ll experience an eight-day deep dive into one of these areas:

  • Auto body collision repair
  • Auto technology
  • Construction
  • Marine mechanics
  • Precision machining
  • Electrical/plumbing/HVAC

IMPACT Boot Camp is open to any public, private or homeschool student in DeKalb, Noble, Steuben and Whitley Counties who will be a freshman this fall. Because this is a pilot program, there is no cost for any student to attend.

The support of IMPACT Boot Camp is part of a larger focus for the Dekko Foundation. According to its president, Tom Leedy, “We want to help teens have the experiences they need to explore their abilities, begin participation in society and discover their life’s work. Our vision is that more students will know their next step when high school graduation comes and head toward it — whatever it may be — with all of their energy and passion.”

For more details on dates and times or to register a student visit — or contact Stephanie Ross at 343-2156 or or Andrea Haskins at 343-2164 or

We encourage parents, family members and friends to help spread the word to young people about this opportunity.

One of the best assets any young person can have is a clear vision, a clear goal, for his or her future.

All of northeast Indiana benefits when our young people are assisted in acquiring clear goals that inspire them to take advantage of educational opportunities that will help them acquire maturity, independence and economic freedom.