INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will host the Auto Communities Consortium, a group that includes 20 community colleges, today and tomorrow at the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis.
The Auto Communities Consortium was formed to discuss and develop strategies to assist laid off and out-of-work employees of the auto industry. The group, made up of community colleges mostly in the Great Lakes states, has been working to develop training programs to move these workers into different jobs in the auto industry or into new industries.
The meeting will include remarks by Frank Chong, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges for the U.S. Department of Education. Panel discussions will be led by various college presidents including Bryan D. Albrecht, President of Gateway Community College; Kenneth L. Ender, President of Harper College; Dennis Bona, President of Kellogg Community College; and Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech. The Consortium is led by Jim Jacobs, President of Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan.
Additional speakers include Whitney Smith, Program Manager for the Joyce Foundation, and Jennifer McNelly, Senior Vice President for The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association for Manufacturers (NAM).
The Lumina Foundation for Education and the Joyce Foundation has provided financial support for the ongoing meetings of the consortium.
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.