The Warsaw region has a wide variety of education options at every level, from K-12, to career preparation and higher education. In addition to those local options, Indiana and Purdue Universities have satellite campuses in Fort Wayne and South Bend, Ind., and the world-renowned University of Notre Dame is also in South Bend.

Because of the orthopedic industry’s concentration in the area (an economic cluster), specific programs are available for individuals seeking to qualify for or advance in a career in the orthopedic field.

Here are brief profiles of area education options:

K-12 Public Schools

Warsaw Community Schools (WCS)—The largest school system in Kosciusko County, WCS comprises Warsaw Community High School, with approximately 2,000 students, the Warsaw Area Career Center, two middle schools and eight elementary schools. Click here to watch the Warsaw Community School | We Live the Mission video.

The corporation adopted a new strategic plan and is making improvements to its curriculum and programs, established a K-6 STEM Academy, a new orchestra program and additional world language offerings in an expanded number of grades.

Wawasee Community Schools—Situated near Lake Wawasee and encompassing many of the lakes-area communities in northern Kosciusko County, the Wawasee system includes a high school, a middle school and three elementary schools.

Tippecanoe Valley Schools—Tippecanoe Valley Schools, located in the southwestern part of Kosciusko County, operates a high school, a middle school, two elementary schools and the Burket Educational Center, the home of the corporation’s Alternative Education program.

Whitko Community Schools—Located in eastern Kosciusko and western Whitley counties, the Whitko system includes a high school, middle school and two elementary schools.

Triton Community Schools—Triton School Corporation, located in Bourbon, Indiana, includes one elementary school, one middle school and a high school.

Private and parochial schools

Lakeland Christian Academy—An independent, non-denominational Protestant Christian School, Lakeland Christian Academy serves students in grades 7-12.

Sacred Heart School—The Sacred Heart School, a member of the National Catholic Education Association, offers education for grades Pre-K through 6.

Warsaw Christian School—A member of the Association of Christian Schools International, Warsaw Christian offers education for grades Pre-K through 6.

Career Preparation/Advancement

Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s community college system, operates an academic campus in Warsaw as well as the Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC). The OAMTC offers the only advanced manufacturing program designed in conjunction with and endorsed by representatives from the orthopedic industry.

The OrthoWorx Center of Excellence in Orthopedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs operates as a partnership with Grace College, offering the only certificate and degree programs specifically focused on orthopedic regulatory and clinical affairs. Industry representatives helped design the curriculum and participate in instruction. The new Medical Device Quality Management Program begins in January 2014.

Higher Education

Grace College—With about 1,200 undergraduates, Grace College and Theological Seminary is the Warsaw area’s largest local institution of higher learning. Grace is a partner to the local orthopedic industry through its Orthopedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs Program and new Medical Device Quality Management Program. Grace College has gained national attention for its efforts to improve college affordability.

Trine University—While its main campus is in Angola, Ind., Trine offers its well-regarded engineering degrees at a location on the Grace College campus through a partnership with Grace.

Indiana Tech—At its location in Warsaw and its Fort Wayne main campus, Indiana Tech (the Indiana Institute of Technology) offers programs that include mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering.

IPFW—IPFW offers more than 200 Indiana University and Purdue University programs on its campus in Fort Wayne, Ind., including those leading to both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Indiana University School of Medicine also conducts four years of medical school at its location on the IPFW campus.

IUSB—IUSB offers more than 100 Indiana University programs at its campus in South Bend, Ind.

Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s community college system, operates an academic campus in Warsaw as well as the Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC). In addition to its Warsaw campus, Ivy Tech offers degree programs from about 30 locations throughout the state of Indiana.