Women In Manufacturing

Morgan and Jena talk about what it is like being a female in manufacturing courses.  They also encourage any young female who may be interested in manufacturing to get involved!

The Porter County Community Foundation in Northwest Indiana kicks off its Tomorrow Starts Today program for the community.

Valparaiso Train Depot Time Lapse


Eight hours of footage condensed into just over a minute. The Grand Trunk Railway of Canada built a line from Chicago to Valparaiso in 1880. The depot was constructed in 1912 and served continuously until Canadian National recently vacated the building and slated its demolition. The Porter County Career and Tech Center, Indiana Landmarks, preservationists, railroad enthusiasts, the School City of Valparaiso School Board, many community members, and friends of Porter County Career and Tech Education are working together to move the Depot to the Career Center property and identify a new educational use for the building. The modest Prairie Style (Frank Lloyd Wright inspired) depot remains sound and in nearly original condition. We plan to raise private funds to move and renovate the building and to use it as a hands-on learning laboratory for our students.

Wood’s Historic Grist Mill at Deep River


At the mention of Lake County Indiana many think of the steel mills and sprawling refineries. But the landscape was far from that when John Wood first arrived in the county in 1835. Then the area was one of virgin forests, rolling prairies and impenetrable swamps. It was a far cry from the Massachusetts he had left. Lake County was still the American frontier, while the area around Danvers, MA, Wood’s hometown, was developing into one of the nation’s major industrial areas. John Wood traveled back east for his family and upon his return to Lake County in 1837, built a simple up and down sawmill on the banks of Deep River. The following year he constructed a grist mill. These two operations represent the first industrial complex in Lake County.