Education has been a focal point for Connersville since the days of the one room school house. The one room schools have long since passed, but not the commitment to education.
Today, Fayette County students are educated through the consolidated Fayette County School Corporation, or at two parochial schools located in Connersville. The Corporation supports seven elementary schools serving students kindergarten through sixth grade, one middle school and one four- year high school. In addition, Fayette County School Corporation operates the regional Whitewater Technical Career Center, which serves six school corporations, and East Central Special Services, a consortium of seven school corporations providing special education opportunities. FCSC also operates the Fayette County Head Start program, and Magic Moments, a pre-school/daycare facility.
The Corporation provides programs ranging from latchkey programs for children of working parents to programs for gifted and talented students. An alternative school has been established for students who have difficulty learning in a traditional setting, while adult enrichment programs are offered through Whitewater Community Education.
With active partnerships between schools and local businesses, students are introduced to career information and necessary skills beginning in elementary school. As students prepare to leave the middle school, they are introduced to career pathways which offer recommended course studies for all career areas. Over 150 different academic and career-oriented courses are available, including foreign languages, and advanced placement courses that earn college credit in high school. The Neff Science Center will be completed fall 2001, providing state-of-the-art science and technology classrooms and equipment. A greenhouse is on campus for hands-on training of students in horticulture and agricultural research activities. This facility is also available for adult education including the master gardener program.
The Whitewater Technical Career Center serves six independent school corporations and offers training and certification in five different Information Technology programs. Health technologies, electronics, computer aided drafting, culinary arts and food service, industrial technologies, mechanical technologies, business, and cosmetology are also offered. All programs operate with state-of-the-art equipment and professional instructors, supported by community advisory boards. Articulation agreements with Ivy Tech State College can put students well on their way to a post-secondary degree in a variety of areas by the time they graduate from Whitewater Technical Career Center.
Two parochial schools provide a quality alternative to public education in the community. Temple Christian School serves over 230 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, while St. Gabriel Catholic School serves over 150 students in grades K-6.
Connersville residents have access to college without leaving the city. Ivy Tech State College offers technical training and retraining opportunities, and workforce training programs. Indiana University East - Connersville Center offers a wide array of academic degree oriented courses, and also hosts Purdue University engineering and management programs. Additional course selections are available at the Richmond campuses of all three institutions just 35 miles away. Whitewater Community Education, Inc. cooperates with several area colleges and universities to provide distance learning opportunities and a variety of non-credit educational enrichment opportunities. Other institutions of higher learning are within easy reach of Connersville, with several institutions in Indianapolis, Dayton, Cincinnati, and points in between.
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