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PROJECT

Whitko Career Academy

LOCATION

Larwill, Indiana

SIZE

15,000 SF 

COMPONENTS

Renovation

Team Leaders

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Zachary Benedict

AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Whitko Career Academy

Students build foundational skills for in-demand regional careers in skilled trades, agriculture, and nursing to become the educated and engaged employees of the future. 

This incredible educational facility redefines what “school” is. The Career Academy has created supplementary opportunities for students within the surrounding communities by providing a hands-on, career-focused learning environment. With the partnership and generous donations from the 80/20 Foundation Trust and the Whitley County Community Foundation, the Whitko Career Academy (WCA) enhanced their educational reach to help pave the way for the futures of manufacturing, technology, and education for young adults in the area. With the newly added adaptive and interactive learning environments, the students at WCA have the ability to prepare for their future careers in everything from engineering and welding, to nursing and marketing. The design of the WCA truly focuses on the educational opportunities available, encouraging collaboration and eliminating barriers for student involvement.


The Whitko Career Academy (WCA) provides a state-of-the-art space for high school students to learn about and build experience in over 14 skilled professions. Students can gain skills in nursing, agriculture, and many construction related trades. By adapting an existing asset, an empty middle school building, and turning it into a career academy, Whitko Community Schools has invested in the future of the region’s economy and the livelihoods of their individual students.