Indiana Lt. Governor praises Vincennes University’s role in educating a 21st Century workforce

Indiana Lt. Governor praises Vincennes University’s role in educating a 21st Century workforce

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February 24, 2020

February 24, 2020 / Indiana Lt. Governor praises Vincennes University’s role in educating a 21st Century workforce

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VINCENNES, Ind. – Creating a 21st Century workforce is a pillar of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration and Vincennes University is contributing to that creation, according to Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch.

“Vincennes University really fits into the equation because they are focused on taking not just traditional students, but non-traditional students and are preparing them for the workforce through their programs and emphasis on STEM,” Crouch said. “They do an incredible job and we are proud of what they’re doing for the state of Indiana and for southwest Indiana.”

Crouch lauded VU while visiting its 200-acre Vincennes campus on Feb. 21.

The American workforce is changing. Technological innovations, automation, and an advanced digital world call for highly skilled and very proficient people.

“We have over 100,000 unfilled positions in Indiana,” Crouch said. “So, it’s extremely important that we skill up our unskilled and skill up our underskilled, so that they can meet the high-paying, high-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.”

VU offers a wide-range of postsecondary education with more than 180 academic programs, including two-year and four-year degrees in addition to 57 professional certificates. Professional certificates are one-year programs that provide immediate entry into professional employment.

The University also has established partnerships with industry and business leaders that support externships, internships, apprenticeships, and career-based learning opportunities.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education set a goal for 60 percent of Hoosiers to have a quality degree or credential beyond a high school diploma by 2025.

For more information about VU’s associate, bachelor and certificate programs, visit:

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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, 36 other states, and 21 other 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


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