Vincennes University hosting national advanced manufacturing academy - External Relations
Vincennes University hosting national advanced manufacturing academy
July 19, 2019 / Vincennes University hosting national advanced
VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University will be the site of a national
conference for individuals who are recruiting and developing the next
generation of advanced manufacturing technical talent.
The 2019 FAME AMT Academy July 22-Aug. 2 on the VU campus will be a
gathering of stakeholders and interested parties from around the
United States who are collaborating to learn about the highly
successful Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME)
Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. The program delivers
highly skilled technical talent to employers that desperately need
help to solve their workforce shortages.
There are 29 active AMT chapters with around 300 companies sponsoring
650 students nationwide, including the Wabash Valley chapter, where VU
is the postsecondary provider. VU’s FAME partners include AmeriQual,
Berry Global, Hershey, Farbest Foods, MetalTechnologies, Thyssenkrupp,
Toyota, and Toyota Boshoku America.
“VU is leading the way in the state of Indiana with industry-driven
work and learn partnerships all across the state,” VU’s AMT Supervisor
Tim Hedrick said. “Ours is the first and currently the only chapter to
be partners with FAME and the Indiana Manufacturers Association.”
Students in the AMT
program receive hands-on learning, obtain a VU associate degree in
Advanced Manufacturing Automation Technology, and earn real-world work
experience. In addition to attending classes on the Vincennes campus,
they work 16 hours weekly, plus summers and breaks, as paid interns at
an AMT partner facility with many starting at $17 per hour. Students
can potentially earn $40,000 in wages, which with planning, can cover
all of their education expenses. VU is hosting the academy for the
second time in three years.
Seventy attendees from 13 states, including representatives from the
National Association of Manufacturers and Indiana Manufacturers
Association, will be fully immersed in all aspects of the AMT program
during the academy. They’ll meet with AMT students, learn about
promoting female diversity, discuss soft skill development and safety,
and explore many other topics. Participants will tour the Advanced
Manufacturing Center located in the Technology Building on the VU
campus, as well as other VU facilities.
"I am excited to return to Vincennes University to see the
continued growth and development of FAME and the AMT program in
Indiana. VU and Indiana are proving to be national leaders in the FAME
movement, a critical initiative for developing the manufacturing
workforce of tomorrow,” Toyota North American Regional Talent
Development Consultant Dennis Dio Parker.
“The skills gap is increasing and the AMT program is one way to train
and provide companies with skilled technicians,” Hedrick said. “Our
partnership with Toyota along with the other eight FAME partners, is
working together to develop talent that will be critical for the
future success and growth of our region.”
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 35 other states, and 17
countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with
residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
Information Director 812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
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