News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 19, 2013

Pence appoints Works Council members

Vigo administrator Dillion to chair Region 7 committee

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Doug Dillion, career and technical education director of the Vigo County School Corp., will serve as chairman of the newly created Indiana Region 7 Works Council, Gov. Mike Pence announced Wednesday.

The governor named chairs and members for the 11 Indiana Regional Works Councils.

Other members of the Region 7 Works Council include Dan Tanoos, Vigo County schools superintendent; Lea Anne Crooks, Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley; Mark Fuson, Fuson Automotive Inc.; Lisa Pepperworth, Clabber Girl; Heather Baker, West Central Education Center; June Pickens, Crown Equipment; Ronan Miot, Heartland Automotive LLC; and Heather Moffat, Vincennes University.

As the Indiana Regional Works Councils organize, additional members may be added.

“Our administration remains committed to making career and vocational education a priority in every high school in Indiana,” Pence stated in a news release. “I welcome the individuals named today to the Indiana Regional Works Councils, a key initiative in making this goal a reality.”

The Indiana Regional Works Councils were created with the unanimous passage of SEA 465, which the governor signed into law on April 15.

The legislation specifies each council will bring educators and employers together to evaluate and develop career and technical education that meets the demands of employers in each region.

“We’re very excited for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley,” Dillion said Wednesday. “Everyone in our community works really well together. I think the Works Council will create a real opportunity for us to continue to build on career pathways and build a better workforce for our community and better opportunities for student and adults.”

Dillion said that “for our community to grow, we need to build that high-skills workforce.”

Each council is responsible for preparing and submitting a comprehensive evaluation of the available career, technical and vocational education opportunities for high school students in its region to the governor and the Education Roundtable by Nov. 1.

Region 7 includes Vigo, Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan and Clay counties.