The Vincennes University Jasper campus and seven local manufacturing companies have launched a major work force development initiative. The Career Advance Partnership enhances an associate degree program in technical maintenance in which students are employed part-time and enrolled at the university full-time. Dubois County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, and Dean Alan Johnson says the effort will help address the “major challenge” of increasing the skills and size of the work force and filling available openings. The partnership was featured on the (i) on Education segment on Inside INdiana Business Television. Dr. Alan Johnson is dean of the Vincennes University Jasper campus, where the partnership with area businesses is aimed at filling the skills gap.

He says the program works with companies such as Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Indiana Furniture Industries, Masterbrand Cabinets Inc., Kimball International Inc. (NasdaqGS: KBALB), Jasper Rubber Products Inc., Manufacturing of OFS and Wabash Valley Produce Inc.

Ray Niehaus is director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing at Vincennes University Jasper.

He says the program currently has 25 students who were identified as a good fit for the program. The students already work for one of the participating companies and will begin classes this fall.

Niehaus says students will work at the company on Mondays and Friday and spend Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at school.

Source: Inside INdiana Business Television

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