John Jay Center for Learning

John Jay Center for Learning
  • 101 S MERIDIAN ST
  • PORTLAND, IN, 47371
  • 260-729-5525
  • Website

John Jay Center for Learning was born out of a conversation that said that if Jay County wanted to compete in the 21st Century’s global economy, there was a need for a community college and opportunities for post-secondary education. So in 1999, a group of concerned citizens met every Monday morning at 7am to discuss the possibility and reality of this very notion. In 2001, the idea of John Jay Center for Learning became a reality with a storefront building, a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, and bigger dreams of offering career and technical education in a county where manufacturing and agriculture are king. 

In a region where more than 40% of the economy is driven by jobs in manufacturing, as goes manufacturing, so goes Jay and Blackford County. And with an aging population in the current workforce, and without skilled workforce coming behind them to fill jobs of future retirees, there was an issue that needed to be addressed.

John Jay Center for Learning, Jay School Corporation and Blackford County Schools has formed the Jay-Blackford Manufacturing Alliance to help make our communities better.

The Jay-Blackford Manufacturing Alliance will provide opportunities to fill the skills gap, and provide high skill, high demand, and high paying jobs in our region. With classes focused on Advanced Manufacturing to be held in the lower level of John Jay in Portland, students will have educational opportunities at a level never before offered. This training, in Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Maintenance, will equip current and future workers with in-demand skills that will provide them job opportunities anywhere across the region. This newly educated workforce will create a deeper talent pool for manufacturers to choose from. There are too many studies which have been done that show the more education a workforce possesses, the more good things happen in those communities.  We live in a time when the population is shifting and moving more to centralized urban areas. But in small communities such as ours, there remains a significant number of people who do not go away to college, but stay home and enter the workforce. This manufacturing alliance is our chance to make our “most” better. Better education. Better opportunities. A better life for their families. A better future for East Central Indiana.

 Our Mission:

"Inspiration and prosperity through education"