INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has awarded Ivy Tech Community College with a portion of the ApprenticeshipUSA Expansion Grant to engage industry and other partners, in an effort to expand existing apprenticeships and promote growth across the state of Indiana.
Registered apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” model that combines on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction to increase an apprentice’s skill level and wages. It is a proven solution for businesses to recruit, train and retain highly skilled workers. Ninety-one percent of those who complete apprenticeship programs are employed upon completion, with an average starting wage above $60,000.
ApprenticeshipUSA is a block of grants funded by the US Department of Labor and Ivy Tech’s grant will support Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and Health Sciences. By increasing awareness and program enrollment, Ivy Tech hopes to increase apprenticeships by 10%.
“Apprenticeships have long been a hallmark of Ivy Tech’s role in serving industry and the skilled trades,” said Ivy Tech President, Sue Ellspermann. “This grant will help us introduce a new generation to existing and emerging technology apprentice programs. We are proud to partner with the Indiana Manufacturers Association, Indiana Health Industry Forum, and Techpoint and most thankful to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development on the award of the ApprenticeshipUSA Grant.”
Nearly 6,000 apprentices are currently enrolled with Ivy Tech, and provide proof that this workforce and educational pathway result in success for employers, employees and communities.
Ivy Tech currently has 15 apprenticeship degree programs including: boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, elevator constructors, glaziers, heat and frost insulators, iron workers, millwrights, operating engineers, painters, plumbers and pipefitters, electrical lineman, sheet metal workers, and teledata technicians. In addition, Ivy Tech provides related training for Department of Labor approved programs for numerous companies across the state.
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. 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.