Ivy Tech, Indiana Chamber to host conference featuring Jane Oates

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College and The Indiana Chamber of Commerce will co-host the Indiana Manufacturing & Logistics Skills Conference-VIP Leadership Meeting, featuring luncheon keynote speaker, Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor and Director of the Employment and Training Administration, on Thursday, June 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Indiana Chamber Conference Center (8th floor, south tower of the National City Center) in downtown Indianapolis.

Co-sponsors for the event include: Indiana Manufacturers Association; Ready Indiana; Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC); Purdue University-Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

The 10:30 a.m.-noon portion of the program will include an open discussion of ways to accelerate the use of MSSC’s national certifications for front-line workers in manufacturing (Certified Production Technician CPT) and logistics (Certified Logistics Technician CLT) in Indiana. Ivy Tech co-developed the MSSC curriculum and has been in the vanguard of workforce certification training in Indiana. Ivy Tech offers MSSC training and assessment through its Workforce and Economic Development division in each of the College’s 14 Regions. To date, Ivy Tech:

  • Delivered over 2,900 MSSC assessments to Indiana workers.
  • Qualified 81 MSSC-Certified Instructors across the state.
  • Established 25 MSSC-Certified Assessment Centers.
  • Created a new Advanced Manufacturing degree program using the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential as a foundation for a career/education pathway to an Advanced Manufacturing Associate Degree.
  • Led the work with the IN Department of Education to implement MSSC into the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing curriculum across Indiana.
  • Offers dual credit opportunities for high school students who earn their MSSC credential: offering those that earn the CPT 6 Ivy Tech credits in the College’s new Advanced Manufacturing degree program.
  • Offers non-high school workers that earn their MSSC CPT credential and 6 College credits in Advanced Manufacturing, thus putting themselves on a degree pathway.

Ivy Tech has also teamed with industry and economic development groups to increase employer recognition and use of MSSC certifications. For example, in cooperation with the Community Education Coalition’s EccO 15 program in Columbus, several leading companies have agreed to give hiring preference to MSSC certificants as the economy recovers. These include:

  • Cummins Inc, Columbus
  • Grote Industries, Madison
  • Dicksons, Seymour
  • Lowe’s Distribution Center, North Vernon
  • Aisin U.S.A. Manufacturing, Inc., Seymour
  • Aisin Drivetrain, Inc., Crothersville
  • Arvin Sango, Inc., Madison
  • Royer Corporation, Madison
  • Madison Precision Products, Inc., Madison

After the two select VIP Leadership Meeting and Luncheon events, attendees are invited to attend the afternoon “Community Dialogue” (in the same building, in the Hyatt Regency’s Cosmopolitan Ballroom from 1-4 p.m.). During the Community Dialogue, expert panels of employers, educators and community leaders will address key issues.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 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.

For more information, please visit www.ivytech.edu or call 888-IVY-LINE.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has been the state’s largest broad-based business advocacy organization for over 85 years. The more than 4,900 member companies employ 800,000 Hoosier workers. For more information, visit www.indianachamber.com or call (317) 264-6885 or (800) 824-6885.

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