The city of Kokomo is donating $700,000 for Ivy Tech Community College’s Industry 4.0 Lab. The city says Ivy Tech’s Industry 4.0 Initiative aims to train highly skilled employees needed for local manufacturing jobs.
“I believe that we as a City have a responsibility to support workforce development,” Mayor Tyler Moore said. “Ivy Tech Kokomo provides educational opportunities for students to develop skills that will enable them to live, work and thrive right here in Kokomo. So we are committed to helping Ivy Tech continue those initiatives.”
Heicher said the donation is allowing Ivy Tech to get its Smart Manufacturing and Digital Integration program off the ground.
“The funding supports the installation of the program’s Amatrol Industry 4.0 training cell,” Heicher said. “Occupying a 30- by 30-foot space, this scaled-down trainer offers students in the first year of the program hands-on experience in the digitally integrated, robotic world of advanced manufacturing. The Smart Manufacturing and Digital Integration is just one of many programs that will help prepare the highly-skilled employees needed by employers.”
Ivy Tech Kokomo serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties.