October 24, 2019 / Vincennes University Jasper helps high school
students explore local job opportunities
JASPER, Ind. — Vincennes University Jasper recently partnered with
local businesses and organizations to provide more than 550 high
school students with a first-hand exploration of job opportunities in
During the daylong Tour of Opportunity, students from four Dubois
County school corporations learned about career choices such as
information technology, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, law
enforcement, and building trades.
Students interacted with VU Jasper administrators and instructors
along with industry experts throughout the day. They completed a
skills assessment test and participated in hands-on activities such as
“It’s a lot more difficult than I thought it would be,” Will Gubbins,
a Jasper High School student, said while trying to place mortar on a
layer of brick.
At VU Jasper’s Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing,
Rick Applegate, owner of Precision Farming Solutions, explained the
role of drones and other technology in agriculture. He also gave
students the opportunity to operate a planter simulation.
VU Jasper student Dennis Tedrow told the younger students about an
important lesson he learned about higher education: For many students,
larger schools aren’t the best path. He said large class sizes at the
private university he formerly attended made it difficult to interact
with professors. The cost of tuition and other school expenses also
was considerably more expensive than at VU Jasper.
VU Jasper, Dubois Strong, Hub19, the Patoka Valley Co-op, and the
four Dubois County school corporations collaborated on planning the
Tour of Opportunity.
The Tour of Opportunity is an example of VU Jasper’s efforts to
connect students to local industry in hopes of meeting the wide
variety of future workforce needs. At day’s end, students went home
with hands-on experience in important local trades, new-found
knowledge of these trades, and access to future opportunities through
Vincennes University Jasper.
Director, Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY JASPER CAMPUS
The Vincennes University
Jasper Campus is a vital part of Indiana’s first college, Vincennes
University. The Jasper Campus fulfills the vision of CoHERE, a Dubois
County citizens group founded in 1960, that was dedicated to improving
area education and cultural enrichment. Vincennes University joined as
a strong partner, opening a Jasper location in 1970.
VU Jasper features a beautiful 140-acre campus on the southeast side
of Jasper. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, VUJ tuition
and fees rank among the most affordable of all Indiana colleges. In
addition to offering associate degree and certificate programs, VUJ
students can complete a bachelor’s degree online or at the Vincennes Campus.
VU Jasper’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing is a
hub for community engagement in local education. It is home to the
Career Advancement Partnership (CAP) program, a major workforce
development initiative between VUJ and local manufacturing companies.
It also houses several programs for the Patoka Valley Career and
Technical Education Cooperative, including a new Automation and
In addition to the CTIM, other campus facilities include the
Alvin C. Ruxer Student Center, Arnold F. Habig Library Learning
Center, Administrative Classroom Building, and a Jasper Campus
Classroom Building that holds a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory
for healthcare training. Adjacent to the campus is the Jasper Arts
Center, which includes a 675-seat theater and visual arts galleries.
The VU Jasper Campus serves thousands of students in Dubois,
Spencer, Martin, Perry, Crawford, Harrison, Pike, Orange, Daviess,
Lawrence and surrounding counties in Indiana.
Vincennes University Newsroom
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
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Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom