Ivy Tech Community College has received nearly $4 million as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program. The college says it will use the funding to launch its Industrial Internet of Things Apprenticeship Expansion.
The program includes new curriculum to lead apprentices to Industry 4.0 credentials, including the Smart Automation Certification Alliance and other recognized certifications.
The Industry 4.0 certifications are combined credentials in the college’s advanced automation and robotics program and the Industrial Apprenticeship degree. Students can earn a workforce alignment associate of applied science degree with additional coursework and elective options.
The project will run for four years and serve 3,200 apprentices. The grant will also support faculty, equipment, and curriculum upgrades.
“Ivy Tech looks forward to working closely with industry partners to actualize this innovative apprenticeship model with curriculum aligned to their specific needs,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann.
“Apprenticeship is the gold standard for training full-time employees to master a particular trade or occupation. Ivy Tech is excited to be among the first in the country to provide the IIoTAE apprenticeship helping Indiana manufacturers lead the nation with Industry 4.0.”
The college was among 28 others to receive funding for apprenticeship expansions in the advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology sectors.