Ivy Tech Community College approved to offer new online manufacturing degree

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) has granted approval for Ivy Tech Community College to offer a new online Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Manufacturing Production and Operations, beginning January.

The new online certificates and degrees combine existing elements of the college’s Industrial Technology and Advanced Manufacturing programs with new interactive, simulation-based training modules provided by Oxygen Education, an Indianapolis-based developer of online content for technical education.

Each of the 14 new online courses provides self-paced, interactive learning, mentored support systems, proctor-testing and state-of-the-art technologies to prepare students for skilled manufacturing positions. Graduates will be trained in gauging and inspection equipment, CNC machine operations, metrology, tooling, quality systems, inspection techniques, lean manufacturing and automation.

The Manufacturing Production and Operations program focuses on preparing workers who set up and operate machines, especially those in computer-controlled networks, which allow operators to tend to a number of machines simultaneously, and those that employ robots to load and upload parts from machines.

In addition to the degree program, Ivy Tech will offer the entire Oxygen Education library of courses to businesses and individuals wishing to improve their skills and efficiency in any one or a combination of topics, including safety principles, shop mathematics, print reading, quality control, machine operation and more than 40 other offerings. Ivy Tech’s Workforce and Economic Development teams will contact Indiana’s business leaders to share the value and benefit of online training for key performance improvement classes in manufacturing.

“Ivy Tech designed these new online certificate and degree programs to meet the needs of employers requiring skilled manufacturing workers and to help students advance their careers with flexible, new technology learning systems that deliver accredited, value-added competencies,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder.

“Oxygen Education is pleased with the Ivy Tech agreement to provide our interactive, simulation-based training content for the new manufacturing and production operations curriculum. Our unique online content will help the college expand programs and deliver education and training more effectively,” said Oxygen’s CEO Mike Fitzgerald.

To learn more about the new program, visit www.ivytech.edu/mpro.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest, singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 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 and a member of the North Central Association.

Oxygen Education, LLC develops high quality, interactive, digital content for technical education and workforce development. The Oxygen staff of experienced manufacturing and technology industry personnel work closely with highly trained instructional and graphic design teams translating complex, technical concepts into engaging online learning experiences. Oxygen content affirms learner competency with thorough end-of-chapter assessments and activities. Educational institutions, manufacturers, and workforce development programs around the globe choose Oxygen Education to train the world’s evolving workforce. More information about Oxygen Education is available at www.o2ed.com.

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