Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Brings Local Educators and Leaders in Government and Public Safety Together to Talk Careers

Apr 24, 2017
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Fishers, Ind. - Today at the Fishers Municipal Complex, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) hosted her 6th Connecting Careers and Classrooms event for 50 local teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators. Connecting Careers and Classrooms ensures local educators learn about the vast array of career opportunities available to students in the Fifth District and helps teachers and school administrators better prepare our kids for these careers. Today’s Connecting Careers and Classrooms event focused on careers in public service and public safety.

“From police officers and firefighters to public administrators and state and federal government employees, it’s important that students build the skills they need to succeed in these important roles so that they can be a part of helping their fellow citizens and building a brighter future for their communities,” Brooks said. “We learned that students should build good communication and technology skills, and develop fluency in other languages and cultures. We also learned there are opportunities for Hoosiers with diverse educational backgrounds. Many of the career tracks we learned about require a high school diploma or GED, others require some college or military service, and still more require a highly specialized education.

Participants in today’s event heard from leaders in local, state and federal government, law enforcement, public safety and community organizations that partner with schools on career exploration, about the variety of rewarding job opportunities available. Participants also got a behind the scenes look at Fishers City Hall, the Fishers Fire Department and the Fishers Police Department. The keynote address was given by Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, followed by panel discussions focused on law enforcement and first responders, public administrators, criminal justice and career exploration programs for students. Panelists at today’s event included Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Chad Knect, Fishers Fire Chief Steve Orusa, Boone County Sheriff’s Department Major Tony Harris, FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne, Public Relations Director for the City of Fishers Ashley Elrod,  Hamilton County Commissioner’s Assistant Dan Stevens, Federal Executive Association of Indiana President Patricia Nachand, Indiana State Department of Personnel Director Brandye Hendrickson, Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler, Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen, Marion County Juvenile Court Judge Marilyn Moores, Junior Achievement-Job Spark Vice President of Education Alyssa Andis, MSD of Decatur Township Director of College and Career Readiness Dr. Chris Duzenbury, Westfield Chamber of Commerce President Jack Russell and Sheridan Early Intervention Advocate Lisa Samuels.

“Fueling the future for our students is only accomplished through cooperation between industry and educators,” Brooks continued. “These events give our teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators the opportunity to better understand the jobs and careers available to Hoosier students and make sure that our educators understand what skills and training kids need to be successful in a variety of careers. Jobs in public service and public safety provide rewarding careers that help build stronger communities.”

Connecting Careers and Classrooms has been attended by over 350 educators since Congresswoman Brooks held the first event in 2014. Previous Connecting Careers and Classrooms events have focused on careers in healthcare, agribusiness, technology, financial services and life sciences. Participants who attend have the opportunity to earn continuing education credit along with the chance to connect with top local employers.