The Indiana Manufacturers Association has announced the expansion of its efforts to help manufacturers fill their workforce needs. The Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (INFAME) was created to expand the global-best FAME training model in Indiana — and already new FAME programs are being created in the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne areas, with more regions soon to follow.

FAME USA is a nationally recognized manufacturing education program where businesses come together on a regional basis and work with higher education partners to provide an educational pathway for high school graduates. Students who complete the program graduate debt free with an in-demand associate degree and job training.

Indiana has already seen success with the FAME program at the Wabash Valley INFAME chapter, which grew from the initial FAME program at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana facility in Princeton.

INFAME’s expansion is funded in part by a grant from the Vectren Foundation. Vectren is a CenterPoint Energy Company. Its foundation strives to become a community catalyst.

According to IMA President and CEO Brian Burton, “Manufacturers in Indiana need a pipeline of skilled manufacturing technicians. INFAME is a great way for businesses to establish and run their own program. It provides a skilled workforce and helps students get a great start to their careers. INFAME students receive advanced technical training with an added focus on professional behaviors, which are very valuable to prospective employers.”

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