Columbia City High School launches six State Earn and Learn (SEAL) programs

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Columbia City High School launches six State Earn and Learn (SEAL) programs


INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 10, 2020)  – Columbia City High School in northeast Indiana has launched six State Earn and Learn (SEAL) programs—the most SEALs for one school or education provider in the state.

The six SEAL programs are in advanced manufacturing, welding, fire and rescue, health science (CNA), education professions and emergency medical services. SEAL programs are state-certified through the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship (OWBLA), which is part of Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda.

Each of the programs includes multiple employer partners that provide opportunities for students to work and learn through internships and summer employment opportunities. Students in each program also earn several industry-recognized credentials through Career and Technical Education (CTE) and dual credit through Ivy Tech Community College.

Columbia City SEAL

“We are thrilled to be able to offer additional opportunities to our students in the areas of work-based learning through our SEAL programs,” said Lori Heuer, talent development director at Whitley County Consolidated Schools. “By working together with our business and community partners we are able to provide students with real-world experiences to help students explore and prepare for different careers.”

In an Oct. 14 ceremony recognizing Columbia City SEAL certification, Matt Presley, regional director in the OWBLA, said: “Columbia City continues to be very intentional in the development and engagement of employer partnerships. As a result, students across multiple pathways now have tremendous opportunities to participate in meaningful work-based learning experiences that not only strengthen and enhance their education but also help build and sharpen both the employability and technical skills necessary to be successful upon graduation.”

A breakdown of each SEAL program:

  • Advanced Manufacturing – Four credentials including Manufacturing Skill Standards Council training, 15 Ivy Tech credits, and more than 1,000 hours related instruction and on-the-job training.
  • Welding – Four credentials, 21 credits and a certificate of Structural Welding from Ivy Tech, and over 900 hours of related instruction and on-the-job training.
  • Fire and Rescue – Eight industry credentials, 15 Ivy Tech credits, and live firefighter training.
  • Health Science (CNA) – Two industry-recognized credentials (CNA I and CNA II), 8 Ivy Tech credits, and internship/employment opportunities with Parkview Hospital and Miller’s at Oak Pointe
  • Education Professions – Two certifications, 8 Ivy Tech credits, and students interning and working in Whitley County Consolidated Schools and preschools.
  • Emergency Medical Services – EMT basic certification, 10 Ivy Tech credits, and student employment at age 18.

Jake Revere, director at Miller’s at Oak Pointe, said of its partnership with Columbia City’s health science program: “With similar core values, we have been able to connect a common passion shared by students to the opportunities offered here. We are excited to see students grow into finding a starting block for a career in health care and appreciate CCHS offering the opportunity to partner with them.”   

SEALs are Indiana’s state-level apprenticeship-type programs. They are designed to deliver work and learn experience for participants along with the skills and certifications that employers value. SEAL programs are geared toward both adult and youth populations, and they satisfy Indiana’s new graduation pathway requirements.

The OWBLA works with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, education providers, employers, community and labor organizations, and Regional Workforce Development Boards to develop programs across Indiana. For more information about SEALs, please visit or contact the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship at



About the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship:
The Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship, located within the Department of Workforce Development and part of Governor Holcomb’s NextLevel Agenda, serves to develop and implement a framework of work-based learning pathways for both youth and adult populations with a concentration on certified State Earn and Learn (SEAL) and U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship programs.

About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
DWD serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future by providing WorkOne Career Centers, Unemployment Insurance, Labor Market Information, Regional Workforce Strategies and Professional Training. Through these services, DWD is able to develop a premier workforce that enables Indiana employers to flourish and entices businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana.

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