Vincennes Plans Jasper Work Force Effort

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Leaders at Vincennes University's Jasper campus will announce this week what they call a "major work force development initiative." The school says the effort will include the creation of an associate degree program in technical maintenance. October 18, 2013

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JASPER, Ind. - The Vincennes University Jasper Campus and seven local manufacturing companies will announce a major workforce development initiative on Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m. (EDT), at the Jasper Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing at VUJC. The event will also include the signing of a memorandum of understanding creating the partnership.

The partnership will create an associate degree program in Technical Maintenance in which students will be employed part-time and enrolled at VUJC full-time. Graduates of this program are in high demand by industry both locally and nationally.

Participants in the Oct. 23 announcement will include Jason Nord, director of Human Resources for Jasper Engines and Transmissions; Brett Ackerman, CEO and President of Indiana Furniture Industries (IFI); Nancy Wilson, vice president of Human Resources of IFI; Jeff Eckert, vice president of Manufacturing of OFS; Brad Schnarr, vice president for Logistics of Wabash Valley Produce, Andy Seger, chief financial officer of Wabash Valley Produce; Robert Jacobs, executive vice president of Human Resources of Masterbrand Cabinets; Terry Tucker, director of Talent Acquisition of Kimball International; Sue Habig, director of Human Resources of Kimball Electronics; Tom Heeke, director of Human Resources of Kimball Office; Reva Baker, vice president of Human Resources of Jasper Rubber; Terri Schultz, senior director of School Engagement of Project Lead the Way’s national office; Indiana State Representative Mark Messmer, R-Jasper; Dick Helton, president of Vincennes University; and Dr. Alan Johnson, dean of the VU Jasper Campus.

Source: Vincennes University