Every summer for the past several years, 14-year-old Jack Heller has helped bale hay for a farmer who is a childhood friend of his father. That experience has led Jack to an interest in agriculture, though he hopes to pursue a more science or engineering-based career track working with farm machinery. "I don't know how to operate machinery, but I know a lot of the ins and outs of farming," the New Palestine eighth-grader said.
That's why he's hoping to be in the first class to graduate from the Indiana Agriculture & Technology School, a free public charter school. Jack recently enrolled in the school, which will serve students in grades 7 through 12. He attended an information session for prospective students Wednesday at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Anderson. "Basically, I want to learn all the stuff I need to go to college. Mostly, it's nice to get hands-on experience you don't get in public school. That can get you ahead, you know," he said.