Congressman Larry Bucshon: VU is a national leader in workforce education and development - External Relations
Congressman Larry Bucshon: VU is a national leader in workforce education and development
October 19, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – The United States needs to fill millions of
high-wage, high-skilled positions. U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon,
M.D. points to Vincennes University as a national leader in work-based
training and apprenticeship programs that are creating a career
pipeline for individuals who bring the skills and talent necessary for
our nation to compete globally.
VU is addressing critical workforce needs through a multitude of
partnerships and programs.
“Where America can compete in a world marketplace is in the high-tech
type industries, and that’s why it is critically important that we get
people properly trained for those jobs,” Bucshon said. “The United
States can compete internationally if we train our citizens to have
employment in these high-tech jobs that require skill.
“Vincennes University is a local, regional, and national leader in
helping people obtain the skills that they need to compete in today’s
competitive workforce environment. Not only in Indiana, but around the
country. That has been recognized today by the cooperation of the
private sector and Vincennes University.”
Bucshon, who represents Indiana’s 8th District, got an
up-close-and-personal glimpse of VU’s business and
industry partnerships during a visit to Vincennes on Oct. 16. He
visited VU’s Agricultural Center and the Indiana Center for Applied Technology.
The new stunning 45,000-square-foot facility Agricultural Center is
home to the John Deere TECH program where students, who are sponsored
by dealerships in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, learn the latest
technology in all areas of the company’s equipment. VU is one of only
16 schools in the country with an exclusive John Deere partnership.
Bucshon was introduced to the
Cummins Technician Apprentice Program (TAP) adjacently located.
Apprentices from a 12-state region are employed by the Columbus-based
engine maker and sent
to VU to learn how to build and maintain Cummins diesel engines.
VU also partners with a global powerhouse in a pair of premier
training and apprenticeship programs. The University is providing
quality graduates to help the household name fill in-demand workforce needs.
“My dad was a coal miner. He graduated from high school and got a job
in a coal mine. Back in the day you could get a job in a factory.
Today the jobs that are out there require technical training and
skills. That is where VU, in combination with the private sector, is
providing for the students both locally, regionally, and nationally,”
According to leading experts at Georgetown University’s Center on
Education and Workforce, 70 percent of jobs by 2027 will require
education beyond high school.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help people acquire the
training, education, and skills they need to get high-paying jobs in
in-demand fields,” VU President Dr. Chuck Johnson said. “Collaboration
between higher education and employers is instrumental in driving
Indiana and the nation forward.”
As the U.S. economy attempts to recover during the Covid-19 pandemic,
individuals are investing in their future through upskilling or reskilling.
“A lot of employment people had prior to Covid is not coming back,”
Bucshon said. “They are going to be needing new skills to get back
into the workforce. That’s why these types of programs, creating the
skill necessary to get back in the workforce, are going to be really
important. If people have skills, they are going to be marketable.”
By collaborating with many partners, VU is an impressive model for
giving workers the skills they need to succeed in their careers,
growing the economy, and developing talent.
“Over the years, I have been to Vincennes University many times and
I’ve seen this type of program advance over the last eight to 10
years,” Bucshon said.