INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has joined the efforts of leading manufacturers and community colleges across 30 states to improve the manufacturing workforce. The partnerships aim to certify 500,000 workers for the manufacturing sector in the next five years across the US.
In an event with the Manufacturing Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), President Obama called for an expansion of Skills for America’s Future, a manufacturing industry initiative aimed at improving industry partnerships with community colleges. The key solution discussed by the President was the Manufacturing Institute’s NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.
The implementation of the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System in Indiana will provide our state’s workers with the credentials they need to find employment in the advanced manufacturing sector. Students will earn credentials that build an educated and skilled workforce manufacturers need to successfully compete in the 21st century economy.
This fall, Ivy Tech will begin to offer opportunities at certain campuses for students who are looking to earn certifications in manufacturing fields including Machine Tool, Welding, and Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning. Students in the new Ivy Institute of Technology complete a 30 week program that includes instruction and hands-on lab activities. These programs prepare students for entry-level and intermediate skilled jobs. After completing the program, students will take the industry certification exams.
Ivy Tech also offers a new degree in Manufacturing, Production and Operation which is completed online, giving students the opportunity to earn a manufacturing degree and prepare for certification exams on their own schedule.
More than 11 million Americans work in the manufacturing industry and more than 230,000 jobs have been added in the past year. With nearly three million employees set to retire in the next 10 years and few skilled workers prepared to take their place, these jobs are in high demand. The new credentialing system will prepare students to find secure jobs and improve earning potential.
The Manufacturing Institute is the 501 (c) 3 affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute focuses on developing human capital strategies through education reform and workforce development, conducting applied research to provide critical information to public policy makers on challenges and opportunities for today’s industry, and advancing the innovation capacity of manufacturers operating in a global market.
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.