Ivy Tech President to participate in panel discussion regarding Hire Technology

INDIANAPOLIS — Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College, will serve on a panel hosted by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) in the Tristate OH-IN-KY Area, which will take place at the GE Learning Center today in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Snyder will speak about Ivy Tech’s involvement in Hire Technology in collaboration with Conexus Indiana. 

Hire Technology is a two-year turn-key Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics program delivered through Indiana high schools and career centers. The program facilitates student achievement by including contextualized math and science concepts to reinforce key academic STEM concepts while promoting the development of the applied problem-solving skills demanded by Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics (AML) industry members.

Ivy Tech Community College, as the educational provider for the Hire Technology program, provides the manufacturing content in a hybrid format that combines online delivery and classroom and lab experiences.  Students who successfully complete the coursework can earn up to 15 credit hours of College credit in the Manufacturing, Production and Operations Program (MPRO).  The College provides all learning management system services for the program for both manufacturing and logistics courses and also utilized its instructional design services to align content within the Hire Technology program.

Hire Technology is an excellent entry level credential to attract students to digital manufacturing careers.  Ivy Tech offers degrees, certificates and certifications in advanced manufacturing, automation, and robotics which develop the workforce at a middle skill level in design, production, and maintenance.  The College is also working with industry partners to secure resources targeted at preparing the current and future workforce with higher level skills that supports innovation in additive manufacturing.

Jobs in the Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics industry are in high demand with 600,000 positions going unfilled today.  Indiana ranks 8th in the nation for manufacturing employment and 9th in the nation for logistics employment; however, 80 percent of manufacturers list a lack of skilled workforce as their top concern and thousands of jobs remain unfilled.

With the Hire Technology program, Ivy Tech and Conexus have partnered to help create a solution to the lack of a skilled workforce in the advanced manufacturing and logistics sector.

In the 2012-13 academic year, the college launched 9 pilot locations matched with an industry partner.  Of the 333 students enrolled in those pilot locations, 82 percent of students earned dual credit and 63 percent earned one or more credentials.  For the 2013-14 academic year, Ivy Tech has signed agreements with 38 locations matched with an industry partner and will offer the program to students from 78 high schools.

The college is also offering Hire Technology through Adult Basic Education in a 14 week course sequence where students can earn 6 dual credits, the MSSC certification and 2 APICS (The Association for Operations Management) credentials.

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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