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Society of Innovators Fellows Groth and Eason-Watkins

The Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) is proud to announce that two region educators have been inducted as Fellows into the Society of Innovators. Congratulations to Jon Groth and Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins for being selected and recognized at a special induction ceremony on October 20, 2016 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. This prestigious status is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated innovation in their field, problem solving, and continuous improvement at the highest level.

Both Mr. Groth and Dr. Watkins are active members and participants of READY NWI, which is an initiative representing a partnership between business, 28 public school corporations, and 8 colleges who are working to align education and economic development outcomes for our region.

CWI awards a $500 honorarium to those educators inducted into the Society of Innovators as Fellows.

About the recipients:

Jon Groth is the Area Director and Principal of Porter County Career and Technical Education Center where he launched the first student-led alternative energy project on a school roof in Indiana and most recently led the innovative repurposing of an historic 1912 Grand Trunk railroad depot into a 21st century classroom at the career center.

Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins is Superintendent of Michigan City Area Schools where she championed transformation by overcoming “missed opportunities” and demonstrating an innovative spirit of collaboration. Currently, Dr. Watkins is overseeing a $10 million technology and digital classroom initiative.