A manufacturing skills training program in east central Indiana is now accepting applications. Manufacturing Matters, a partnership between Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond and WorkOne, involves 10-weeks of course work in areas including safety, production and maintenance. Those accepted into the program will receive a scholarship equal to its cost. December 28, 2014

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RICHMOND, Ind. (December 17, 2014) – Manufacturing Matters, a manufacturing job skills training program for high demand local manufacturing jobs, is accepting applications for the next class starting March 9, 2015. The deadline for applications is February 23, 2015. Apply at manufacturingmatters.info

Applicants accepted into the program receive a scholarship equal to the cost of the program, approximately $2,600. To qualify: applicants must complete WorkKeys testing, participate in an interview, pass a drug screening and commit to the training schedule.

The 10 week, 172 hour manufacturing and work eligible training program is taught by Ivy Tech Richmond Corporate College and WorkOne. It provides fast track training for good local jobs available at area manufacturers. The training includes Safety; Quality and Measurement; Manufacturing Production; and Maintenance Awareness. Participants learn valuable skills on what it’s like to work in manufacturing – equipping them to make better decisions in seeking employment.

Area manufacturing employer partners include Color-Box, Emerson Climate Technologies, GE Roots Connersville, Johns Manville, Primex Plastics Corporation, Richmond Baking Company, Stant USA Corporation, Trane/Ingersoll Rand and Vandor Corporation.

Those completing the course can sit for a national Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. The certification also counts toward six academic credits at Ivy Tech Community College in an academic program. To learn more and apply online visit manufacturingmatters.info.

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is among 17 community colleges nationwide awarded $150,000 grant in 2014 to train area residents with skills needed for regional manufacturing jobs. The three -year American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)/Walmart Foundation grant is part of the Job Ready, Willing and Able (JRWA) initiative to provide middle-skills training and industry recognized credentials. Duke Energy, the Economic Growth Group, Wayne County Foundation, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County are also among program funders.

Manufacturing Matters is a collaborative effort of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, the Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation, Economic Development Group of Fayette County, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Rush County Chamber of Commerce, Connersville Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s Office City of Richmond, Mayor’s Office City of Connersville, Mayor’s Office City of Rushville, WorkOne, Ivy Tech Corporate College and manufacturing employers.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College

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