“Through our partnerships with area employers and industries, Ivy Tech is best equipped to offer the type of short-term, career-ready training needed by the state’s key sector employers,” said Thomas Snyder, Ivy Tech Community College president. “In order for our state to grow, we need to ensure workers are equipped and adequately trained for the jobs of the future, and this grant will help make that possible.”
In Lafayette, a 12-county partnership of area education, manufacturing, government and economic development groups connects and trains workers for area manufacturing jobs.
The initiative, called Advancing Manufacturing, turns unskilled workers into certified production technicians – workers with the basic skills and certification that many manufacturers require.
The year-old program has graduated 149 students, and about 80 percent of those participants have landed jobs at manufacturers such as Federal Mogul, Voestalpine Rotec, Lafayette Instrument, Wabash National Corp., Donaldson Corp. and Nanshan Advanced Aluminum.
In addition to training, the partnership offers job fairs and a one-stop Web site that is continuously updated to link job seekers with employers.
Employers who sign on as partners in this initiative pledge to support a sustainability fund. Once program graduates are placed in jobs, employer payments into the fund provide ongoing funding for future students.
Graduate success is also critical to ongoing program evaluation. Ivy Tech will monitor each student at 30-, 60-, 90-, 180- and 365-day intervals to ensure proper job placement and retention following training.