Indiana Union Construction Diversity Initiative (IUCDI) honors Major Opportunities participants

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Union Construction Diversity Initiative (IUCDI), a partnership between Ivy Tech Community College, the Indiana Plan, Top Notch and Sheet Metal Workers Local # 20 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), will be hosting a completion ceremony for the two Indianapolis “Major Opportunities” classes, which are comprised of roughly 30 students.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, June 13th at 1 p.m. at the Sheet Metal Workers Local # 20 JATC training center located at 2828 E. 45th Street, Indianapolis.  Graduating students have completed 100 hours of classroom activities provided by the Sheet Metal Workers and the Laborers JATC.

Friday’s ceremony marks the completion of the second class to complete this year.  The program’s first class started with 22 students and now has 14 individuals who successfully completed the program and are being placed as pre-apprentices or apprentices on construction projects around Indianapolis.

Major Opportunities is a pre-apprenticeship initiative of Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development concentrating on jobs in the construction industry and is focused on increasing the number of women and minorities employed by construction companies.  Major Opportunities offers these participants a chance to enter the construction industry with enough training to potentially qualify for jobs that pay a living wage.  The students being honored Friday afternoon have completed the 100 hours of classroom training and will or have been placed in a job with a union contractor.  This opportunity could be the beginning of a career path that starts in an apprenticeship program and leads to a journeyperson’s card with a building trades union. 

Ivy Tech Community College received a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Workforce Development to launch “Major Opportunities.”  The program is being offered in five targeted cities: Indianapolis, Gary, South Bend, Ft. Wayne, and Evansville.

The IUCDI is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities working in the union construction industry.  The union apprenticeship programs in Indiana already exceed national goals of women and minority apprenticeship participants according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with more than 100,000 students enrolled statewide.  Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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