A $2.6 million federal grant will fund information technology and advanced manufacturing training efforts at Ivy Tech Community College. The Ivy Tech Hires Program is focused on unemployed and underemployed students under the age of 30 and veterans transitioning to civilian life.
The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor and will target students in northwest, northeast, southwest and central Indiana. The school says within those regions, nearly 33,000 IT jobs and more than 16,000 manufacturing jobs are expected to open up by 2020.
Ivy Tech Hires involves two-week boot camps focused on soft skills for job readiness and 16-week industry-recognized certifications. Students can then continue at Ivy Tech to attempt to work toward higher degrees.
The program involves collaboration with the Indiana Economic Development Association, TechPoint, Indiana Manufacturer’s Association and the Indiana Automotive Council. These organizations will help shape the curriculum to meet demands. Service to students and recruiting assistance will also be provided through partnerships with The Children’s Museum, the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, OpportunINDY, EmployIndy, to name a few.