MCHS Students Handcraft Benches, Donate Them to Heritage Trail

July 12, 2017


Area high school students who participated in the Ivy Tech Community College advanced manufacturing summer camps have donated handmade Leopold benches to The Heritage Trail Conservancy in downtown Madison.

Students from Madison Consolidated High School built the benches as part of the Ivy Tech Madison advanced manufacturing summer camps in June to learn teamwork and hands-on skills as they explored possible career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. The benches were presented to Bob Greene, Executive Director of The Heritage Trail Conservancy, at the conclusion of each camp.

“The generous donations of the Leopold benches will be placed along our trail for visitors to rest and take in the scenic beauty found in our parkland,” Greene said. “We really appreciate this donation from Ivy Tech and the students in the advanced manufacturing summer camp.”

The Conservancy’s purpose is preservation and management of the natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources associated with The Heritage Trail greenway, to conserve and develop the parklands and to provide primitive outdoor-recreation and education for visitors. The trail and parkland are located on the west side of downtown Madison, stretching from the Ohio River up to the hilltop.

Ivy Tech’s three-day summer camps introduced students to career opportunities within the field of advanced manufacturing and provided them with workforce readiness soft skills. The camps were coordinated by Sean Miller, Ivy Tech Assistant Director of Admissions, and through a partnership between Ivy Tech, local school corporations, and businesses including Grote, Madison Precision Products, VSG, and SuperATV.

During the camps students explored career opportunities in the field of advanced manufacturing; met industry and business professionals who mentored them on soft skills needed for careers, including timeliness, communication, leadership and problem solving; learned about the education and skills needed for a variety of jobs; and identified high school classes they can take while also earning college credit.

“The summer camps provided local students with an early opportunity to begin learning about the well-paying, high-demand careers available in the advanced manufacturing industry,” Ivy Tech Certified Career Advisor Paula Clark said. “Students learned invaluable skills that can help them be successful in their education and as they begin to consider a career path.”