Ice stands for Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education.
The program helps students earn school credit, learn job skills, and get paid all while attending high school. Students are placed with a business and assigned a mentor according to the student's career interest area.
They are paid hourly and trained to become productive employees. Students also take a related class at NHS to understand job interviewing, preparing resumes, completing applications and understanding how businesses operate. They also can become members of DECA, a local, state and national youth organization which plans career activities.
ICE student, Krystle Miller, said "Through the ICE program and working at Dr. Colter, I have learned how to be a responsible person at the job and at school."
Brooke Gillin, senior at NHS, said "I have learned the proper way to do a resume from taking the ICE class."
Melinda Bemis, Computer Central employee said "I'm learning how to diagnosis computer problems at my job."
Kirsten Miller, First Christian Daycare employee, said "It's important to keep children busy and safe at the daycare." Other participating employers are A-1 Allergy, Wendy's, Pells, Maurizio's, PDF, YMCA, C&C Repair and Welding, Kroger, JWS Machine Inc. and ARMark Food Service at Rose Hulman.
The main goal of the ICE program is student education on the job and in the classroom, and there are great benefits to employers. Employers benefit by having access to achievement-oriented students, reducing employee turnover, improving customer service, saving money on training cost and building goodwill with teens, parents and the community. ICE brings together businesses, school, parents and the community.