Ivy Tech Community College to celebrate statewide Days of Service project

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will celebrate its 3rd annual Ivy Tech Days of Service, which will take place April 24-26 at all campuses statewide. Some events will take place as early as April 17 with a Habitat for Humanity Panel Build on the Indianapolis campus.

More than 1,000 Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff from every Ivy Tech region will be completing service projects in their local communities. The following projects will be occurring across the state.

Gary Campus
Partnering Organization: Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (both days)
Volunteers will be sorting and organizing donated items assisting the packing food boxes for their Back Pack Program.

Valparaiso Campus
Partnering Organization: Lakeshore PAWS
Friday, April 25, Hours TBD
Lakeshore PAWS is a volunteer-run, nonprofit animal rescue. Volunteers will assist with finding loving homes for abandoned and unwanted pets in Northwest Indiana.

Valparaiso Campus
Partnering Organization: Porter County Animal Shelter
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers will assist at the 16th Annual Be Kind To Animals Pet Care Expo. The event will be held at the Porter County Expo Center. Be Kind To Animals is one of the most well attended animal care events in Northwest Indiana.

East Chicago Campus
Partnering Organization: Oak Hill Cemetery
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Located in Hammond, Indiana, Oak Hill Cemetery is a cemetery that has been abandoned for many years. Many World War II Veteran’s graves are located here, but without headstones. The Cemetery needs some tender loving care. Volunteers will help clean-up the cemetery that holds so many of our war heroes.

Michigan City Campus
Partnering Organization: Washington Park Zoo
Friday, April 25, Time TBD
Washington Park Zoo was founded in 1928 and exhibits more than 90 species originating throughout the world. Volunteers will serve as honorary zookeepers and help with clean-up and other improvement projects.

Warsaw Campus
Partnering Organization: Animal Welfare League of Warsaw
Saturday, April 26, 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers will be walking animals, exercising animals, bathing animals, cleaning the gardens, and cleaning and sanitizing the building. The campus is also having a drive for animal supplies including food and toys which will last through April 26.

South Bend Campus
Partnering Organization: St. Joseph Minority Health Coalition & Hope Ministries
Saturday, April 26
This organization serves homeless men, women, families and children in the South Bend area. Volunteers will assist with health screenings, spring clean-up, painting, and serving dinner to the

Elkhart Campus
Partnering Organization: Boys and Girls Club of Goshen
Saturday, April 26
Volunteers will be cleaning, as well as planting a garden.

Fort Wayne Campus
Partnering Organization: Fort Wayne Chapter of the Association for Education of Young Children
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will be constructing two Story Walks on trails near campus for families to participate in during the weekend to encourage family time, early literacy and healthy habits like exercise.

Fort Wayne Campus
Saturday, April 26, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. volunteers will be running the Touch-a-Truck event (event is 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM) which is a free event for community families with children. Volunteers also have spent the past two months collecting vehicles and donations for this event.

Lafayette Campus
Partnering Organization: YMCA
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will be painting and cleaning at the YMCA and also at the camp ground owned by the Y.

Kokomo Campus
Partnering Organization: Advantage Housing
Saturday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Advantage Housing in Kokomo works to provide safe, affordable housing to families in need. Volunteers will be split to several locations doing yard work, painting porch railings, and planting flowers for the housing units maintained by Advantage Housing. Many of their clients are elderly and/or disabled.

Logansport Campus
Partnering Organization: Ivy Tech Community College Logansport
Thursday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The campus is creating a nature path on the northwest side of campus that will also be a part of a Frisbee golf course. Volunteers will help clear the walking path of debris following a tough winter, clear space for benches and signs along the path, and dig holes for the Frisbee golf goals. This project is bringing together a space that can be shared within the Logansport community for all people, and connecting the trail to an established trail around the Girl Scout camp.

Anderson Campus
Partnering Organization: Operation Love of Madison County
Thursday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Volunteers will sort and hang clothes for the clothing bank and complete general cleaning of the facility.

Muncie Campus
Partnering Organization: 2nd Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana.
Friday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Food Bank is available to assist individuals and families with locating emergency food assistance services in the community. Volunteers will assist with packaging meals and sorting food and supplies.

Marion Campus
Partnering Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Students will assist with several tasks including painting of the home. Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

Terre Haute Campus
Partnering Organization: Downtown Terre Haute, Inc.
Saturday, April 26
Volunteers will complete clean-up projects including sweeping streets, removing plants from flower beds, and spreading new mulch. Some light painting may also happen. The mission of Downtown Terre Haute, Inc. is to preserve, create and promote a downtown neighborhood that is a vibrant hub for business, entertainment, government, arts and educational activity, attracting both local residents and area visitors.

Terre Haute Campus
Partnering Organization: The Lighthouse Mission
Tuesday, April 29
Volunteers will set up the dining area and serve the evening meal. The purpose and mission of the Light House Mission is to aid, assist, and care for homeless individuals by providing shelter, food, clothing, education, and emergency services without regard for race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or medical condition.

Indianapolis Campus
Partnering Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Central Indiana
Thursday, April 17, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Volunteers will be working with Habitat for Humanity staff to frame a home for a local Hoosier family. A Panel Build is an event, usually in a parking lot, where volunteers temporarily construct the frame of a house. It is then taken down in panels and transported to the home site to be permanently assembled

Indianapolis Campus
Partnering Organization: Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful
Saturday April 26, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will be completing clean-up projects at a park in Irvington.

Indianapolis Campus
Partnering Organization: Jewish Community Center
Ivy Tech is partnering with the JCC for the annual Earth Day Celebration. This family-friendly, hands-on, “learn by doing” community event is designed to inspire good environmental stewardship and to reconnect people with nature. The JCC’s mission has always been to enhance the physical, social, emotional and spiritual health of the Indianapolis community. The JCC’s Earth Day Celebration fulfills this mission and more by promoting the health and well-being of our residents as well as our environment.

Richmond Campus
Partnering Organization: Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Center
Thursday, April 24, 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Volunteers will prep trails, clean stalls, clean tack, and organize office space

Richmond Campus
Habitat for Humanity
Thursday, April 24
Volunteers will paint, clean, landscape demolition, and install siding

Richmond Campus
Cope Environmental Center
Thursday, April 24
Volunteers will prep trails and remove invasive plants.

Columbus Campus
Partnering Organization: Donner Park/Columbus Park and Recreation
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will complete clean-up projects including painting lockers, trimming shrubs and trees, and fixing picnic benches. They will also be assembling bracelets for the “Friends of the People Trail Project.”

Madison Campus
Partnering Organization: Jefferson County United Way
Saturday, April 26
Volunteers will be participating in the Jefferson County United Way Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. Students have formed their own team to raise funds and awareness. Students will also be on hand to assist as event volunteers.

Lawrenceburg Campus
Partnering Organization: Dearborn County Solid Waste and Recycling Center
Tuesday, April 22
Volunteers will complete clean-up project, promote recycling and environmental awareness, as well as the celebration of Earth Day.

Evansville Campus
Partnering Organization: American Red Cross Southwestern Indiana Chapter
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will assist with grounds cleanup and general landscaping, cleaning and washing of American Red Cross service vehicles, clerical tasks and organization, filing and alphabetizing, and washing, sanitizing and drying CPR dummies and equipment.
Evansville Campus
Partnering Organization: United Way of Southwestern Indiana
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will assist with the “Spring into Caring FOOD DRIVE” event. They will load food and non-perishables items onto trucks, greet food donors, register and organize donations, direct traffic in parking lot, and do food and drink preparation.

Sellersburg Campus
Partnering organization: Growing Healthy Lives (GHL) Clark County
Ivy Tech Southern Indiana and GHL Clark County have partnered to create a community park and new half mile walking trail on Ivy Tech’s campus. With funds provided by both organizations, Ivy Tech volunteers will begin clearing the proposed trail sites, clean-up the creek area, and construct a small bridge over a creek.

Bloomington Campus
April 23-25
Ivy Tech will host its 11th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service, including a fundraising dinner on April 24 with General Colin Powell, USA (ret.).On Friday, a full day of panel discussions, workshops, and closing conversation will focus on this year’s theme, Cultivating Leadership: Food for Thought. Panels will address becoming locally involved and the politics surrounding food supply. The day will close with a final conversation with Chancellor Emeritus and Deputy Mayor of Bloomington, John R. Whikehart, and Bob Zaltsberg, Editor, The Herald-Times. Opening remarks and the Institute kick-off by Former Indiana First Lady, Judy O’Bannon, begin at 9 a.m.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Saturday April 19
8am – 4:30pm
20 Ivy Tech volunteers will be working on a local house to finish the final stages of the build.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Habitat Restore
Thursday April 24
10am – 2pm
Volunteers will be performing general maintenance and building upkeep as well as donation sorting and cleaning.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: City of Bloomington Community Gardens
Thursday April 24th
1pm – 4pm
This is a site specifically for Ivy Tech student leadership (Campus Activities Board, Ambassadors, Student Government). Students will be preparing the beds for the city community gardens.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Hoosier Hills Food Bank
Thursday April 24
9:30 – 12:30pm
Volunteers will be working in the warehouse sorting donations.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Ivy Tech Garden
Thursday April 24
12pm – 2pm
Volunteers will be planting for the garden on campus benefiting Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Head Start and Early Head Start
Thursday April 24
9am – 11am
Volunteers will be working with preschool children at one of two Head Start locations to plant seeds and talk about plants and gardens.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region receives $3.27 million federal grant for job-readiness training

Department of Labor grant will fund expansion of integrated technology program

KOKOMO, Ind. – The United States Department of Labor has awarded $3.27 million to Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region under the federal Youth CareerConnect grant program that will be used to expand career training opportunities from the high school level through a two-year college degree.

The grant will support and expand on Ivy Tech’s Integrated Technology Education Program (ITEP), a career pathway program in industrial technology developed in partnership with 14 area high schools and career centers, as well as local industry.  It is one of 24 grants totaling $107 million awarded to programs throughout the nation as part of the Department of Labor/Department of Education effort to integrate education and career skills initiatives to build America’s workforce.

President Barack Obama announced the awards recently while visiting one of the recipient schools in Maryland. The White House launched the Youth CareerConnect grant competition last year to provide students with the “industry-relevant education and skills they need for a successful future.” The federal initiative is designed “to encourage America’s school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment systems and their partners to integrate rigorous educational standards with work experiences and skills in ways that enhance instruction and deliver real-world learning opportunities for students.”

Ivy Tech’s ITEP offers a career pathway that features technical certificates in seven industrial technology fields, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Technology and a 75-credit-hour Associate of Applied Science degree in Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology. Students can enter the career pathway pipeline at several entry points – as high school students, as college students or as returning adult students, depending on their previous experience and education – and can exit to work after completing any of the three degrees featured in the pathway. The pathway also features two internship or work-study opportunities with area industry partners and opens the possibility of awarding the first degree, a technical certificate in industrial technology, at the high school level through current and future dual-credit agreements.

The grant award will cover two new positions, equipment for Ivy Tech and high school and industry partners, and more than $1.2 million in scholarships and certification cost waivers for participating high school students.

One of Ivy Tech’s primary industry partners on the grant, Chrysler Group LLC, will help cover much of the grant’s match by donating “Engineer in the Classroom” volunteers and a multi-classroom and lab space at the newly opened Tipton Transmission Plant south of Kokomo.

Dr. James E. Woolf, Community Engagement & Educational Services specialist for Chrysler Group in Kokomo, is active in industry-education partnerships in North Central Indiana and part of the team that worked to obtain the Youth CareerConnect grant.

“This grant is great news for the manufacturing industry and for the people of north central Indiana,” Woolf said. “It will provide funding needed to really advance initiatives already under way to develop potential employees with the skill sets required by the advanced manufacturing facilities of today AND tomorrow.

“Industry is begging for employees ready to work in the high-tech, computer-operated, robotic environment that has replaced the dark, dirty, labor-intensive factories of yesterday,” he continued. “And these education initiatives – combining classroom instruction with hands-on experience in labs and on the shop floor – will equip students to take the many well-paying jobs that are opening up as ‘baby boomers’ retire and manufacturing in the United States continues to grow.”

Red Gold, Patriot Porcelain and Kellam Inc. are among other area industry supporters of the project.

“In Indiana there is an increasing demand for qualified technical professionals to fill positions like electrician or mechanic, people prepared to go into operations, quality assurance and distribution jobs,” said Tim Ingle, vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Strategy for Red Gold, a major processor of premium tomato and food products based in Elwood. “Red Gold is looking for the curious and intellectually engaged, like those graduating from this program, who will join our team and make it better.”

Patriot Porcelain, a new business in Kokomo, also is committed to serving as an industry partner in the ITEP program, according to L. Dowal Dellinger, the company’s secretary/treasurer manager.

“New jobs are being created in Kokomo by companies competing on a global market utilizing modern manufacturing techniques and well-trained employees who are able to develop and operate modern production facilities,” Dellinger wrote in a letter supporting the project. “Patriot Porcelain believes this program will assist local students in pursuing a high-growth career path, while also enabling industry to meet the need for a skilled workforce.”

Jeffrey Kellam, president of Kellam Inc., an industrial design build company based in Wabash, believes improving education will directly improve the area’s economic development.

“I see Ivy Tech’s Integrated Technology Education Program as a tool to help Wabash County’s students become highly trained to compete for high level jobs in today’s global economy,” Kellum said. He said he is particularly impressed by program’s “career pathway pipeline” that allows students to build on training they’ve completed, allowing them to apply certifications they’ve earned toward associate degrees at a later date.

Ivy Tech Kokomo Region will spearhead the project, developing an enhanced curriculum in industrial technology and offering financial support for students. The grant will fund career counselors to work with area high schools to share with students and parents the opportunities advanced manufacturing offers. It will also provide in-service training in advanced manufacturing for area high school and career center educators.

Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Chancellor Steve Daily noted the many benefits to area students. “The Youth CareerConnect grant will allow Ivy Tech to provide high school students in the program with financial assistance to cover tuition for college-level courses and also to cover costs of the nationally recognized certifications that are part of these programs and that employers consider so critical when hiring new employees,” Daily said.

“With new equipment funded by the grant,” he continued, “we’ll be offering an innovative and expanding industrial technology program with a progression of certificates and degrees that means a world-class education with graduates prepared to meet the new technology demands of local industries.”

For Rodni Lytle, dean of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s School of Technology, the grant will expand on the outstanding opportunities Ivy Tech offers for high school students and adult learners to gain industry skills and valuable credentials.

“Our region offers students a robust technical experience from the classroom to the lab and internship possibilities,” Lytle said. “Our instructors in the technology program have spent years in the industry and this experience is transferred in the classroom and lab. They understand what it takes to be successful in industry and business. Our approach to instruction offers students access to hands-on training and, with the support of the grant, that training will be on new equipment purchased to align with the latest emerging technologies in industry.”

More information about the opportunities provided by the grant will be coming out soon. Participating school districts will be sharing details with students in their high schools.  College-ready students can inquire about the ITEP program by calling Ivy Tech Kokomo’s main campus at 800-459-0561.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Leadership Academy of Madison County Executive Director, Bobbette Snyder, Announces Retirement

Longtime community supporter and philanthropist vows to remain an active part of the organization

 ANDERSON – After more than 22 years at the helm of Madison County’s incubator for community leaders, Bobbette Snyder announced that effective June 30, 2014 she will retire as executive director of The Leadership Academy of Madison County (LAMC).

While she may not be at LAMC’s helm, Snyder stressed that she will remain an active member of the organization.

 “Leadership Academy is singular – there is no other organization like it in the region,” said Snyder. “So many notable leaders have gone through the program and effected positive change within the community.  Seeing the changes that LAMC has been able to realize, not only in the participants, but also throughout the county, has been gratifying and I’m excited to see how it continues to evolve and grow.”

Started in 1981 as a lecture series, LAMC has evolved to become a community think tank and talent incubator, counting Chuck Staley, CEO-Flagship Enterprise Center, Beth Tharp-CEO-Community Hospital and Tom VanOsdol, CEO-St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital  among  its thousand plus graduates, all of whom go through a  selection process to participate in the unique venture.

LAMC’s key growth occurred under Snyder’s leadership. In addition to evolving the sessions away from lectures to focus on experiential learning and small group dialogues, Snyder has grown LAMC to focus on building the skills of visioning, collaboration and consensus building within the participants. In addition, she led the initiative to develop the popular Youth Leadership Academy, which teaches high school students how to grow into leaders and connect with the community. 

“People walk out of LAMC feeling as if they’ve been changed. I know I did,” said Leadership Academy of Madison County board chair, Quang Vinh. “I was involved in the community prior to attending LAMC in 2008, but the commitment of what I could contribute to this community became clearer and stronger afterward. And that is the vision Bobbette has for all the participants throughout the program.”

In appreciation of Snyder’s service to the community, the board of directors is beginning an endowment in her name to ensure the LAMC’s important work continues for generations. The endowment will be formally introduced at a community recognition event for Snyder, set for June 25th from 6PM until 8PM at Anderson Country club.

Board Chair, Quang Vinh says, “The board of directors is creating the Bobbette Snyder Fund for the Leadership Academy of Madison County at the Madison County Community Foundation. Donations can be sent to the Madison County Community Foundation, 33 West 10th Street, Suite 600, Anderson, IN  46016.  Online donations can be made at www.madisonccf.org/donate designating the fund by name.” 

The executive committee of the LAMC board of directors expects to announce Snyder’s replacement in the near future.

For more information on the Leadership Academy of Madison County, please log onto their website at http://www.anderson.edu/lamc

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Ivy Tech Community College wins three awards at national marketing conference

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College received three awards from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). The 2013 Paragon awards were announced during the annual NCMPR conference, which took place March 19-21 in New Orleans. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges, and acknowledge institutions from across the nation.

Ivy Tech’s national awards from NCMPR include:
• Bronze for Poster Series- Ivy Tech – Bloomington
• Bronze for Successful Recruitment or Marketing Program- Ivy Tech – Bloomington
• Silver for Special Event Promotion Campaign- Ivy Tech – Bloomington

NCMPR is a professional organization for individuals involved in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community, junior and technical colleges. NCMPR provides professional development opportunities, advocates on behalf of the profession and the institutions it serves, and recognizes professional excellence. Ivy Tech has earned 98 regional awards from NCMPR over the last six years, in addition to 22 national awards for its successful branding and marketing campaigns, including best overall outdoor advertising campaign in 2008. Last year, Ivy Tech took home awards for Print Advertisement – Single Ad and also Feature Writing.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Community College receives grant to launch online literacy tutorial

INDIANAPOLIS— Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana developed a statewide open-source information literacy tutorial with the support of a $69,634 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant received in 2013. The completed tutorial will be launched this summer.

Under the direction of the Ivy Tech Statewide Library Directors Committee, in collaboration with MediaFuel and with assistance from Indy Translations, LLC, Ivy Tech Information Literacy Tutorial (Ivy TILT) is comprised of a collection of modules designed to teach information literacy skills. It will be launched in Summer 2014 at Ivy Tech campuses. The tutorial modules are interactive, focusing on specific aspects of information literacy, such as information evaluation, search techniques, and academic integrity. Ivy TILT will provide information and teach skills that will support Hoosiers in their academic, personal, and employment pursuits.

“This tutorial will give people across the state the chance to improve their online literacy,” said Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder. “By developing this program, we will enable our students to develop skills in evaluating information that can be used to succeed inside and outside the classroom, particularly improving upon their techniques for finding future employment.”

IvyTILT is available to Ivy Tech students and faculty as well as high school students enrolled in dual credit courses. The modules are also available in Spanish to serve Indiana’s Latino population. By embracing open-source sharing among non-Ivy Tech libraries including public, K-12, and higher education institutions, it is the goal of the Ivy Tech library directors to make IvyTILT available to all residents of Indiana at some point in the future.

This project has been made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Indiana State Library. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Corporate College names Corporate Award recipients

INDIANAPOLIS–Ivy Tech Corporate College has selected seven companies for the college’s annual Corporate College Partner Award.

The recipients are selected based on the level of commitment by the organization in workforce training/development programs; the adoption by the organization of standardized and portable workforce credentials; utilization of assessments in the hiring of new workers and determining worker skills gaps; organizational commitment to financially supporting their workforce in acquiring additional skills and education; creating and implementing internal career pathways; and creating an ongoing partnership with Ivy Tech Corporate College for continuous improvement and development of programs and services.

The following companies were selected for the 2013 Award: Aisin USA Manufacturing in Seymour, Allison Transmission in Indianapolis, Berry Plastics Corporation in Evansville, Carter Express Incorporated in Anderson, Polygon Company in Walkerton, Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis, and WaterStep in Louisville, KY.

Aisin USA Manufacturing and Ivy Tech’s Columbus/Franklin Region have developed a partnership designed to address the shortage of automation and robotics technicians.  Aisin, as a member of the Indiana Automotive Council, supported Ivy Tech’s new Advanced Automation and Robotics degree program and was one of the first company partners to agree to provide paid co-ops or internships for their current and potential employees.  Aisin USA Manufacturing is also working with Ivy Tech to create internal career paths for employees to advance within their organization.  Because they are one of the first companies to become fully engaged with Ivy Tech and other workforce partners to address critical workforce skills gaps in this new delivery model, Aisin USA Manufacturing has been chosen to receive Ivy Tech’s 2013 Partner Award.

Allison Transmission is committed to workforce development setting the tone in their New Employee Orientation.  Allison supports training opportunities for all employees on a continuous basis.  They partner with Ivy Tech to provide opportunities for employees to earn industry recognized and valued credentials in programs such as the Association for Operations Management (APICS) and MSSC’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential.  The company also provides tuition reimbursement for all workforce levels.  For their support of and dedication to the development of their employees at all levels, Allison Transmission has been chosen to receive the 2013 Partner Award.

Berry Plastics Corporation has partnered with Ivy Tech’s Evansville Region to train and develop internal employees in their apprenticeship programs.  They have created career pathways to align apprenticeships to certification and degree outcomes.  There are 100 employees pursuing credentials spread over 10 apprenticeship programs.  For their commitment to and support of employees’ attainment of certifications and degrees as internal professional development opportunities for career advancement, Barry Plastics Corporation has been chosen to receive the 2013 Partner Award.

Carter Express Incorporated and Ivy Tech’s East Central Region have partnered to provide training and employment for over 100 Hoosiers in the last four years.  Together they have secured funding for displaced and underemployed workers to pursue new careers.  Their efforts to date have had a $4 million positive economic impact on the local community.  For their willingness to provide funding and employment opportunities in support of this training program to change lives and make Indiana great, Carter Express Incorporated, has been chosen to receive Ivy Tech’s 2013 Partner Award.

Polygon Company sees their workforce as their most valuable resource and strives to continuously improve their educational and training strategy to further develop and retain them.   Polygon Company partners with Ivy Tech’s North Central Region to train and develop key positions, which include front line managers and CNC operators.  Polygon’s specific needs around creating a collaborative, creative, and innovative workplace dictate specific training and development needs. Ivy Tech delivers relevant and credential based training to address their needs resulting in an increase in production and best practice leadership solutions.   Together they have created a culture of continuous improvement and encouraged and empowered each employee to continue their education, and for this accomplishment they have been chosen to receive the 2013 Partner Award.

Rolls-Royce Corporation’s culture and brand depend upon employee development as their products are the result of strong technical competence and imagination to ensure safety and reliability in the aerospace/energy/marine/nuclear business.  Rolls-Royce and Ivy Tech’s Central Indiana Region partner in standardizing competencies and professional development for key positions in the organization.  The company has created numerous career pathways and values certifications and portable credentials.  For their commitment to partnering with Ivy Tech to develop their diverse talent through industry recognized credentials, Rolls-Royce Corporation has been chosen to receive Ivy Tech’s 2013 Partner Award.

WaterStep is a non-profit company dedicated to providing safe water training and instructional programs domestically and internationally.  WaterStep provides training to their employees, instructional volunteers, and ordinary people wanting to make a difference in developing countries by providing instruction in the creation of safe water and health and hygiene practices.  WaterStep has partnered with Ivy Tech’s Sellersburg Region to take the face-to-face content of their health and hygiene course and translate it to an online format maximizing delivery worldwide.  The first pilot was in Panama.   For their work with Ivy Tech in creating a synergistic partnership with global impact utilizing online content for worldwide delivery, WaterStep has been chosen to receive the 2013 Partner Award.

Ivy Tech Corporate College is the premier provider of quality workforce training solutions for the needs of businesses, industry, organizations and individuals.  Corporate College will contribute to business success through talent development, organizational improvement, and increased productivity and profitability.  With 31 campuses and more than 100 learning facilities statewide, Ivy Tech is readily accessible and has a proven track record of providing value-based solutions for thousands of businesses and students each year.  

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Ivy Tech Community College to be recognized by Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

INDIANAPOLIS— Ivy Tech Community College has been nominated for recognition by the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council as a benchmark for its Talented Workforce Initiative.  The college will be recognized on June 12 in Detroit at The Big M event celebrating the resurgence of manufacturing.  Thirty programs have been nominated but only four will be presented with top awards.

Two Ivy Tech programs have been nominated, including the Ivy Institute of Technology for Machine Tool Technology at the college’s South Bend campus, as well as the Advanced Manufacturing training program through Ivy Tech Corporate College at the college’s Lafayette campus.

The Council created its Talented Workforce Initiative to identify the most imaginative and effective solutions for building the region’s pool of manufacturing talent.  The goal of the Council’s far-ranging outreach is to share the best ideas and approaches for resolving a critical workforce shortage issue that threatens nearly all manufacturers and communities in the bi-national Great Lakes economy.

The 30 Great Lakes nominations included programs in cities in seven states and two provinces, as well as four US and Canadian national programs.  Characteristics of the successful and promising initiatives included their ability to: recruit or attract talented workers, train or educate new workers, retrain incumbent workers, and retrain displaced workers.

Skills shortages are one of the primary challenges facing many manufacturers.  Manufacturing is the cornerstone of the Great Lakes economy and is intrinsic to its success.  Manufacturing makes the Great Lakes trading area home to the world’s fourth largest economy, with a combined annual output of nearly $6 trillion.

The Council has also been supporting the widespread adoption of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Certification process, designed to lead to a higher-skilled, more productive workforce.

The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council is a bi-national organization dedicated to the success of manufacturing in the Great Lakes region.  Membership to the Council is open to all who share that goal.  The Council covers the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  It is organized as a 501c3 non-profit and includes manufacturing organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, government agencies, colleges and universities.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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