Ivy Tech Community College President Selected to attend National Manufacturing Talent Development Roundtable

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder has been selected to attend the National Manufacturing Talent Development Roundtable in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, December 1. The event, hosted by the Manufacturing Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), gathers leaders both in manufacturing and in higher education from across the country to address the key issues impacting the US manufacturing workforce.

The roundtable discussion will center on:

Translating the economic and national security importance of the manufacturing sector into robust postsecondary programs of study; Incenting disruptive innovation in postsecondary education; Acquiring meaningful workplace credentials through competency-based education; Infusing technology leading to individualized education; Addressing the new reality of working learners and the need to earn while learning

“I am excited to be involved in such an important discussion. The educational demands of our nation are changing, and middle-skill jobs requiring an associate degree or technical certificate are seeing the largest growth.” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Ivy Tech is committed to helping create a globally competitive workforce and strengthen our economy by focusing on both student and employer needs.”

Snyder is one of only 13 education leaders selected to attend this event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

The manufacturing industry is in high demand for skilled workers but faces many challenges that could impact US industry and the economy. Too few high school graduates have the technical skill to work in manufacturing. By 2018, 63 percent of all jobs will require some form of education beyond high school. At the peak of the recession, 32 percent of manufacturers reported having jobs go unfilled because they were unable to find workers will the skills to fill the positions.

These educational challenges and the solutions for reform discussed during the roundtable will be brought before public policy makers following the event. Manufacturers will present their recommendations to Governors, Congress, and the White House Administration and outline projects to set their recommendations into motion.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.

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