Eastern High School and Blue River Services, Inc. have joined forces to create an academic and career focused afterschool program known as D.E.L.T.A. (Determination, Excellence, Leadership, Talent, and Achievement).
D.E.L.T.A. kicked off this summer with a “Healthcare Careers” mini-camp at Eastern High School. During the camp, healthcare professionals from St. Vincent Hospital in Salem came to EHS to give presentations and provide valuable information on many different healthcare career paths. The camp culminated with a trip to St. Vincent Hospital where hospital staff provided a complete tour of the facility and students were able to shadow healthcare professionals on the job. The camp helped students increase knowledge about their current career interests. The D.E.L.T.A. program, designed to provide enriching academic activities and introduce high school students to a variety of career options, will be provided throughout the school year.
"We are excited to provide this opportunity to our students at Eastern High School,” said Principal Darrin Farris. “Our partnership with local businesses is a key component to the success of our program."
While the Healthcare Camp was provided over the summer, the first year of programming will be laid out as follows:
- First 9 weeks – Starting Over, Starting Off Right – No matter what a student has done in the past, now’s is their chance to start over and this time do it right!
- Second 9 Weeks – Honeymoon is Over – Time to get the work done! Earn the credits, take the online classes, etc.
- Third 9 Weeks – Hobbies – Students choose what they want to learn – Building drones, for example, or taking CNA classes.
- Fourth 9 weeks – Crossing the finish line
The D.E.L.T.A. program is made possible through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant received by East Washington from the Indiana Department of Education. Eastern High School will receive $292,767 during the 2017-18 school year to fund this exciting new program.
Blue River Services, Inc. and East Washington partnered to write and submit the 21st CCLC grant application. Blue River Services, Inc. has been involved in the education of children throughout the community, including after-school programs, for many years. The agency is the afterschool provider at both East Washington Elementary and Middle School. Blue River Services, Inc. will provide program staffing, be responsible for coordinating all activities, and work with the school to recruit students and add additional partners.
“This will be our first experience with high school programming,” said Julia Baylor, Director of Children’s Services at Blue River Services, Inc. “I am thrilled to be able to work with East Washington on this project. For students to truly be prepared to be successful after high school, they need the skills necessary to balance work, life, and school, as well as the connections required to gain access to interviews, classes and careers. Our program will not only prepare students for immediate employment if desired, but will also give them the training and certifications needed to work their way through further post-secondary education and training.”