Ivy Tech Foundation Richmond Campus signs major gift agreement with Belden, Inc.

Funding to create a workforce training program, in collaboration with Richmond High School Career Center

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Foundation Richmond recently finalized a major gift agreement with Belden Inc. that creates an innovative approach to training Belden’s future workforce. In collaboration with Belden and Richmond High School Career Center, Ivy Tech created the Belden Workforce Training Program to design specific training components that provide learning outcomes for high school juniors and seniors, in preparation for a paid internship opportunity at Belden during the second semester of their senior year. 

The training program starts this fall at the Richmond High School Career Center, who will train a cohort of juniors and seniors in manufacturing concepts. Students will also receive Ivy Tech’s White Belt certification training that includes outcomes of basic tools in quality assurance, problem solving, understanding customer relations, project team work and eliminating waste. Ivy Tech will also facilitate learning outcomes through the Workforce Excellence Program. This program is based on the top four career readiness skills identified through employer surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Training will focus on critical thinking and problem solving, professionalism and work ethic, teamwork and collaboration, and oral and written communication.

The internship program is designed to be a structured, experiential learning opportunity that is supervised by an intern coach for seniors in their final semester of high school, with the intent of continued employment at Belden after high school graduation. Belden’s commitment for the Belden Workforce Training Program is five years.

“Belden has a long and proud history with the Richmond community, and we are pleased to form this partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and Richmond High School to allow us to begin developing the careers of Belden’s future generation,” said Doug Brenneke, vice president – research & development, Belden, Inc. “One of our core values is ‘We Invest in Talent.’ This program demonstrates Belden’s commitment to that value by helping students build the skills they need to hit the ground running in their internships and after graduation.”

Belden’s gift also included an endowed scholarship. Recognizing the importance of educating the workforce, Belden established a scholarship fund for students as a personal legacy to their commitment to the employee family of Belden, the community and Ivy Tech. This scholarship will be awarded to eligible current employees, retirees and children/grandchildren of current employees, and retirees of Belden.

“The Belden Workforce Training Program is another great partnership for the students at the Richmond Area Career Center,” says Todd Terrill, superintendent of schools, Richmond Community Schools. “The students not only earn an internship, but will also work towards a career in Richmond, Indiana. Belden has many opportunities for students to work worldwide and that was a very interesting factor to some of our students. We cannot thank everyone at Belden, and Chad Bolser, Chancellor at Ivy Tech’s Richmond campus, enough for working with the Richmond Area Career Center to give our students another great career opportunity.”

“The work between Belden, Richmond High School, Ivy Tech and the Ivy Tech Foundation is significant in creating opportunity for students to develop necessary skills and real world work experience,” said Bolser. “By the time the students complete high school, they will have job experience and the opportunity to continue their employment with Belden. It is the creative framework of each of these organizations that has allowed for this program to be developed.  What great partners we have in Belden as they take a bold approach to address skilled workforce and creating an endowed scholarship for future students. Thank you to Richmond High School Career Center for ensuring the focus is on our students and their development as they continue their educational journey. This is truly a great day for Wayne County.”

For more information on charitable giving to the Ivy Tech Foundation in Richmond, contact Valerie Ray at vray@ivytech.edu, or 765-966-2656 ext. 2348, or ivytech.edu/giving.

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.

About Ivy Tech Foundation

Ivy Tech Foundation, Inc. was organized in 1969, six years after the Indiana General Assembly created Ivy Tech Community College.  The Foundation’s most important function is to provide support for Ivy Tech beyond state appropriations and student fees. Its overall program of work focuses on meeting student needs. The Foundation’s work is made possible by donations of money and property by friends of the College. The Foundation distributes these donations for College activities, programs, and needs.


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