Ivy Tech Community College is teaming with two manufacturing training organizations on a work force development effort. The school says the program will train community and technical college instructors in industrial technology maintenance.
The partnership includes NIMS, , which develops competency-based skills standards and credentials for manufacturing careers, and Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, which connects research and commercialization for lightweight materials.
Ivy Tech says the partnership is part of its ongoing, comprehensive effort to prepare a new industrial technology maintenance work force. The school says demand for workers trained in high-tech manufacturing grew significantly from 2011 to 2015 in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The effort, which is taking place in markets throughout the Midwest, includes developing the first-ever industry standards for industrial technology training and creating credentials based on those standards.
LIFT Executive Director Larry Brown says there were more than 53,000 industrial technology maintenance jobs posted throughout the region, and training standards and credentials will help develop a work force that can fill those openings. In a release, he said, "Our manufacturers depend on skilled workers in these jobs to support productive manufacturing and integrate the latest technologies into company processes and maintain their performance over time."
Workshops are scheduled for March 21-23, 2016 and April 18-20, 2016. You can find more information by clicking here.