General Motors commissions VU Business & Industry for United Auto Workers Apprenticeship Program

General Motors commissions VU Business & Industry for United Auto Workers Apprenticeship Program

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February 11, 2019

February 11, 2019 / General Motors commissions VU Business & Industry for United Auto Workers Apprenticeship Program

BEDFORD, Ind. - Vincennes University and GM Powertrain Bedford have announced a new partnership to train United Auto Workers apprentices in advanced manufacturing processes through VU’s Business and Industry workforce development training program.

The partnership allows General Motors apprentices to receive focused training in the areas of metallurgy, blueprint reading, and CNC machining.

“Through partnerships like these with government, labor, business, and educational institutions such as Vincennes and North Lawrence Community School Corporation, General Motors and the United Auto Workers are able to turn out some of the most highly trained and knowledgeable individuals in the skilled trades professions,” said Richard Cota, apprenticeship program director at GM Powertrain Bedford.

Cota further stated, “VU has provided quality, cost-effective skilled trades courses to the small communities of southern Indiana. General Motors Corporation alongside the United Auto Workers are pleased to have the University’s vast array of extremely knowledgeable faculty and staff overseeing our apprentice course curriculum.”

“It is my pleasure to announce Vincennes University’s apprenticeship training program with GM Powertrain in Bedford. GM Bedford is a global leader in aluminum die cast processing and manufacturing, and this partnership allows Vincennes University’s focused, quality training programs to take the apprenticeship program to the next level,” said VU President Chuck Johnson.

The program, developed by Vincennes University with direction from General Motors, is assisted by the United Auto Workers, StoneGate Arts and Education Center, and North Lawrence Community Schools.


Located in south central Indiana, GM Powertrain Bedford is one of the leading aluminum die casting facilities in the world. Bedford uses an aluminum die cast process to manufacture transmission casings and converter housings for the new fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions. Most team members are represented by United Autoworker Locals 440 and IBEW Local 16.

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