INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College is offering a new option this fall to students wanting to study Welding, Machine Tool Technology, or Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. The new Ivy Institute of Technology is a group of programs focusing on the skills and knowledge required for industries where jobs are in high demand. Students enrolled in the Ivy Institute will be prepared for entry or mid-level jobs in just eight months.
The Ivy Institute programs are technology-focused and rely on integrated lab activities to teach class material and prepare students for jobs in their area of study. The programs focus on the skills and technology for each field while building math, reading and writing exercises into the course material.
Students in the Welding Institute will learn about safety requirements, welding process and equipment, welding metallurgy, blueprint reading, care and maintenance of equipment, and welding techniques. The Machine Tool Technology Institute teaches standard and manual machining, computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining, blue print reading, CAD software, and operation and maintenance of common machines. Students in the HVAC Institute learn about blueprint reading, AC and DC circuit structure, programmable thermostats, schematic and pictorial wiring diagrams, heat transfer systems, compressors and condensers, and basic refrigeration.
“The job opportunities in Welding, HVAC and Machine Tool Technology all require a specific skill set, and highly qualified individuals are in high demand. The new Ivy Institutes give our students another option for learning the skills that will make them most competitive in today’s workplace,” said Ivy Tech Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mary Ostrye. “We’ve worked closely with industry leaders to create the Ivy Institute’s programs that allow students to earn certifications leading to employment.”
Each institute is a 30-week program that meets for six hours per day, five days per week. At the end of the course, students will take exams for industry certifications. Students can also use their credits to continue their education in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree or Technical Certificate at Ivy Tech. The Welding Institute is offered in Terre Haute, Muncie and Richmond. The Machine Tool Technology Institute is offered in Indianapolis and South Bend. The HVAC Institute is offered in Sellersburg.
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.