New Castle Career Center Introduces New Program

The New Castle Career Center has partnered with Ivy Tech to introduce a new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Program for the 2023 – 2024 school year. Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to participate in a Supply Chain Pathway or a Transportation Pathway. The two programs are new to New Castle Career Center for the 2023-24 school year. 

Students choosing the Supply Chain Pathway will have the opportunity to earn six credit hours and may participate in the program for one year or two years. In this option, students will gain knowledge in logistic management, supply chain strategy, planning and design, customer service, purchasing, forecasting, warehouse management, as well as a study of transportation systems. During their second year, students will be able to participate in work-based learning.

The Transportation Pathway is for students in their senior year. During this time, students will earn six credit hours while they learn safety and prepare for and take the CDL A or B certifications. Much of this course will be hands-on learning. During the second semester, students will work in the transportation industry four days a week. The curriculum for this program will be conducted on one class day during the second semester. 

Participation in the Transportation Pathway will be limited, with only six students accepted into the program. Students interested in these programs must have transportation to Ivy Tech in New Castle where all classes will be held. 

Jeanie Hamblin-Fox, Site Director of Ivy Tech New Castle, is excited to share this new opportunity. 

“Henry County is very fortunate to have such a strong Career Center in our area,” Hamlin-Fox noted. “Mackenzie Jackson, Director of the Career Center, is always looking to build program offerings for students that will make them a skilled commodity in high wage high demand professions when they graduate.” 

Hamlin-Fox added: “The relationship between Ivy Tech Henry County and the Career Center benefits our youth with additional education at no cost to families. I talk to people all the time who say, ‘I really wish I was given this kind of opportunity as a young person.’ I am proud of the work being done at the Career Center and am proud of the strong partnership between it and Ivy Tech within our community.” 

If you would like more information regarding the new CDL program call the New Castle Career Center at (765) 593-6680.