INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Corporate College will host a national conference entitled “Industry Certifications: Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap in the Great Lakes Region” on Wednesday, June 17, from 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, located at 2820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis. Registration includes access to all presentations, snacks, lunch, free on-site parking and open-networking between sessions.
The conference provides a forum for national leaders from Industry, State Workforce Development Agencies, State Manufacturers Associations, State Community and Technical College Systems, and State Workforce Investment Boards to discuss the critical nexus of industry certifications leading to a highly skilled workforce designed to grow the Great Lakes Region whose eight states and two provinces comprise the world’s fourth largest economy at $4.7 trillion dollars.
A special announcement regarding the new National Institute for Metal Working Skills Industrial Maintenance Technician Certification is slated as one of the event highlights. This new nationally portable certification is an industry-recognized, transferrable credential that manufacturing employers have demanded and will help close the skills gap.
Douglas George, General Counsel, Canada will provide remarks prior to the panel session, “Harmonizing High Quality U.S. and Canadian Skill Standards and Certifications.”
The event’s featured speakers include:
- Thomas J. Snyder: President, Ivy Tech Community College
- Leo Reddy: Chair and CEO, Manufacturers Skills Standards Council
- Colonel James Dyke: United States Army
- Brent Weil: Manufacturing Institute/National Association of Manufacturers
- Jeannine Kunz: Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Breakout sessions will discuss best practices in how Great Lakes States are deploying manufacturing and logistics certifications across their respective states’ workers. A small sampling of panelists includes:
- Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steve Braun
- Indiana Manufacturers Association President Brian Burton
- Harley Davidson
- Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
- Various Great Lakes Region Community and Technical Colleges
- Illinois Manufacturers Association
In addition to Ivy Tech Community College, this event is being supported by the:
- Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
- National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS)
- Great Lakes Manufacturing Council
- Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
There is no registration fee for this conference and registration is all inclusive.
Register today at: https://ivytech.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_77B4MrCfS5E2R2B or by phone at 317-916-7896.