October 1, 2019 / Vincennes University, Central Indiana firms
launch new workforce development program
INDIANAPOLIS – Vincennes University and major Central Indiana
employers announced today that they will launch an innovative training
program to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing.
The program, which will be based at the University’s Aviation
Technology Center at Indianapolis International Airport, will be the
first of its kind in Central Indiana and only the second Indiana
Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (INFAME) initiative in
the state. The Central Indiana INFAME chapter includes many leading
employers in the Indianapolis area, including Eli Lilly; Major Tool
& Machine; Steel Dynamics, Inc.; and 3M.
Central Indiana INFAME chose VU to pilot the new initiative because
of the university’s outstanding record of preparing graduates for
success in advanced manufacturing. In 2013, the university and the
Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education created the state’s
first Advanced Manufacturing Technician program on the Vincennes campus.
“The Central Indiana INFAME chapter chose Vincennes University as our
college partner primarily due to their experience running a successful
INFAME program in Vincennes,” said Kendra O’Brien, Central Indiana
INFAME Chapter president and vice president of Human Resources at
Major Tool & Machine.
“The VU location available in Indianapolis should be very convenient
for students and is a great facility to host the space needed for the
AMT program,” O’Brien said. “INFAME is an opportunity for employers to
reach out to highly talented people that may not be aware of how
promising a career in high-tech manufacturing is. We are very excited
to partner with VU to start this new chapter and provide an excellent
career pathway option for students. “
The first class of students in the Indianapolis-based program is
expected to start in Fall 2020. “VU is honored to be selected to
provide the educational component for this important partnership. It
is a testament to the quality of our programs and our many graduates
in advanced manufacturing and other skilled technician roles,” said VU
President, Dr. Chuck Johnson.
“I believe one of the reasons we were selected is because we have
years of experience in developing work and learn partnerships with
Advanced Manufacturing students,” said Donna Taylor Bouchie, VU
InternPLUS Director. “We work with over 30 partner companies in these
types of programs.”
Students will be trained in automation, robotics, and other aspects
of advanced manufacturing; earn an associate’s degree from VU; and
work for pay at AMT partner companies while they learn. Students are
qualified to start full-time work in high-paying jobs immediately
after graduation, and they complete their education with little to no
student loan debt. “This program will offer students not only great
experience and a highly-valued education and skill set, but it will
also give them a great source of income to help pay for the cost of
that education,” Johnson said.
“The (Indiana Manufacturers Association) commissioned a study last
year looking at work and learn programs across the country and in
Europe, particularly the UK, Switzerland, and Germany,” said Andrew
Berger, senior vice president for governmental affairs at the Indiana
Manufacturers Association. “That study identified FAME as the one that
delivered very good results and was viewed most highly by
Vincennes University’s AMT program addresses one of Indiana’s most
pressing workforce development needs by delivering highly skilled
technical talent to advanced manufacturers. Widely recognized for the
high quality of its academic programs and graduates, VU partners with
leading Indiana employers such as Cummins, Toyota, Subaru, Kimball
International, and others to educate skilled technicians.
The application process to apply for the Central Indiana INFAME AMT
program will begin soon. Applicants must be admitted to VU, apply for
the program, and submit test scores. Companies partnering with the
University may invite applicants to pre-employment interviews.
“We can get the program up and running smoothly and quickly,” said
Tim Hedrick, VU’s AMT supervisor for the Wabash Valley INFAME chapter.
“We know what the expectations are.”
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
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.
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MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
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