COLUMBIA CITY — As part of the Whitley Works! Initiative, educators from Smith-Green Community Schools, Whitko Community Schools and Whitley County Consolidated schools were invited to visit and tour Steel Dynamics Structural and Rail Division on Jan. 19.

During this visit, school representatives learned about the history of Steel Dynamics, different roles within the organization, and the necessary preparation for careers at SDI.

By partnering with area businesses, educators are working to learn more about career opportunities in our community to help guide students as they prepare for their lives after high school. Schools in Whitley County are working together to provide the best possible opportunities for students in our community, said Lori Heuer, talent development director.

Businesses interested in partnering with local schools through the Whitley Works! Initiative are asked to contact Heuer at 244-5771 or

Teachers who attended the Whitley Works! Intiative’s tour of Steel Dynamics Inc. were: Sondra Cook, Kermit Hogeston, Todd Lortie, Derick Rice and Larry Ruiz from Smith-Green Community Schools; Steve Clason, Jay Ocken and Bryan Sprunger from Whitko Community Schools; and Angela Ayers, Chris Bechtold, Rob Bell, Jan Boylen, Jenn Brower, Karen Davies, Jessica Herb, Lori Heuer, Jake Hoag, James Hornaday, Devin Keener, Stacy Keener, Karen Koday, Khelli Leitch, Melanie Mason, Laura McDermott, Brady Mullett, Wes Mullett, Kyle Nelson, Jennifer Reiff, Cristina Rider, Doug Stoffel, Julie Turpin, Michelle Urban, Andy Weaver, Melissa Wilhelm and Derek Yoder from Whitley County Consolidated Schools.