Duke Energy is funding $312,000 in Ivy Tech Corporate College scholarships to jump-start five regional training programs to prepare workers for the skills area manufacturers identify as critical for their workforce, said Duke spokeswoman Angeline Protogere.
Ivy Tech and Duke Energy are collaborating with leaders in manufacturing, economic development and local government from Bloomington/Bedford, Connersville/Richmond, Kokomo and Shelbyville to develop eight-week, advanced manufacturing programs modeled after an Ivy Tech initiative in Lafayette.
The Lafayette program also will receive a share of the Duke Energy Workforce Development scholarships. “I applaud the efforts of Duke Energy, Ivy Tech and local business and community leaders to help make college more affordable, accessible and convenient for Hoosiers committed to pursuing or continuing careers in manufacturing,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “This program, coupled with efforts by the state, illustrates the commitment of both the private and public sectors to place a new priority on technical education, which will help address Indiana’s skills gap and strengthen the state’s economic outlook for the benefit of all Hoosier workers.”
“Manufacturing still employs more people than any other industry in Indiana, but the modern manufacturing environment requires advanced training that goes beyond the high school diploma,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann. “This program provides scholarship-funded education tailored to fit the high-tech needs of different Indiana regions.”
The Duke Energy grant will fund 120 $2,600 scholarships. Recipients must be at least 18 and residents of Duke Energy-served Indiana counties. Preference will be given to applicants from the five target regions as well as Duke Energy Indiana customers. Recipients also must undergo basic skills testing, a drug screening and an interview.
Scholarship applications are not yet available in most regions, but anyone interested may add his or her name to a list to receive more information as the programs roll out by going to www.ivytech.edu/duke-grant.