The Automation and Robotics Academy and Construction Trades programs at Vincennes University Jasper are now certified Indiana State Earn and Learn programs. The programs, which are partnerships with the Patoka Valley Career and Technical Cooperative, equip high school students with in-demand skills.
SEAL programs provide an educational component along with paid on-the-job training to develop sought-after and skilled talent that industries and businesses need.
“The strong partnership between VU and Patoka Valley is a great example for others around the state to follow of getting students prepared in high school for success in work and college,” said OWBLA Southern Regional Director Jason Graves.
The university says students in the programs work and learn through internships and summer employment options and earn industry-recognized credentials through career and technical education coursework and college credit from VU.
“Our programs offer students the opportunity to gain high school credit, college credit, and real-world experience while saving money and building a resume,” VU Jasper Center of Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing Director Jacob Berg said. “High school students are earning college credits that stack directly into an associate degree program.”
According to the university, the ARA is a two-year program that offers high school students the opportunity to learn to use automation and robotics equipment used in advanced manufacturing, work a paid internship, earn up to 16 transferable dual credits, and receive two certifications.