WARSAW, IND. (April 9, 2012) –Ivy Tech Corporate College has opened enrollment for the new Orthopedic Quality Standards and Technical Skills Certificate Program. The certificate was developed in collaboration with OrthoWorx, through the organization’s Advanced Manufacturing Committee, and other industry experts.

The certificate’s curriculum was designed to train the workforce serving the orthopedic industry. The program focuses on developing technical skills related to orthopedic quality standards and introduces students to production processes in a world-class, lean manufacturing environment. Instructors are professionals from the orthopedic device industry, providing students the benefit of real world experience and orthopedic industry insight. 

“We appreciate the expertise and collaborative input of the OrthoWorx Advanced Manufacturing Committee members and the responsiveness of Ivy Tech. We are grateful for their contributions and hours dedicated to ensure we respond to industry’s needs,” states David Floyd, OrthoWorx chief executive officer. “Through their dedicated efforts, we are making significant progress toward a more qualified, more knowledgeable workforce. This is essential to the success of the orthopedic industry in our region and the overall economic health of our community. This serves to reinforce our position as The Orthopedic Capital of the World.™”

The hands-on program includes a student orientation to the industry, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quality standards, preparation for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and an introduction to lean manufacturing processes.

Classes for the nine-week program are offered at Ivy Tech’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC), 980 Executive Dr., Warsaw.  Two sessions are offered: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

According to Ivy Tech North Central Chancellor Thomas Coley, “Ivy Tech is committed to meeting the workforce training needs of our region’s employers.  The Orthopedic Quality Standards Technical Certificate is an example of how Ivy Tech has the ability to collaborate with industry partners to quickly respond to the needs of employers. Because of our strong and deep network of industry and community partners, Ivy Tech can strategically develop curriculum and training that meets immediate needs.  Likewise, the time and energy spent into converting our Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center into a lean manufacturing training center allows us the flexibility to offer a wide spectrum of training.”

About Ivy Tech Community College

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.

About OrthoWorx

Formed in 2009 with initial funding from the Lilly Endowment, OrthoWorx is a community-based initiative that works strategically and collaboratively with the orthopedic industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the Warsaw region continues to reap the social and economic benefits that derive from its position as The Orthopedic Capital of the World.™

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