Ivy Tech Community College Names Daniela Vidal Chancellor of Evansville Campus

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Evansville, IN – Daniela Vidal, vice president of operations at Vidal Plastics, will be the next chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Evansville campus. She will begin her work with Ivy Tech on March 16, replacing Jonathan Weinzapfel who left the college in November following five years of service. The Evansville campus serves a 10-county region with additional sites located in Princeton and Tell City.

Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President, welcomed Vidal and cited many of her areas of accomplishment that will benefit Ivy Tech. “We are pleased to welcome Daniela. Her higher education, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship experience will serve her well as we continue to reshape the College and programming to meet the changing needs of southwest Indiana communities, employers, and, most importantly, our students,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech is critical to the success of the region’s Talent 2025 strategy. I am confident that Daniela will help us grow and better serve our richly diverse community ensuring all of our citizens are pursuing post-secondary credentials which lead to their prosperity, elevate our communities, and strengthen southwest Indiana’s economy.”

Ellspermann also noted her thanks to Kelly Cozart for her leadership as interim chancellor. “She has been instrumental in moving the campus forward during this period of transition and we are thankful she will return to her leadership role as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the Evansville campus,” she said.

Vidal expressed gratitude for a new career that will continue to impact the community. “I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and platform to continue to work for a community that I have grown to love dearly,” Vidal said. “I strongly believe in southwest Indiana’s potential and Ivy Tech’s excellent team of faculty, staff and partners who play a key role in fully realizing this potential. We have an opportunity to equip our population, including those hidden and underrepresented parts of our society, with the skills needed to support our vision for economic growth and quality of life. I am committed to fully leveraging my experience, cultural background and passion to make Ivy Tech a beacon of hope for our community.”

State Board of Trustee Andrew Wilson shared his appreciation for the role the community played in the selection process. “This is an important moment for Ivy Tech and our Evansville campus. It was evident during our search that the Community is excited about the opportunities that come with a new Chancellor. And as State Trustee, I am encouraged by the important role our Chancellor plays in the communities we serve,” he said.

Prior to her work at Vidal Plastics, Daniela served for more than 10 years in a variety of roles at the University of Southern Indiana. Her last role was as director of Opportunity Development, which housed the Center for Applied Research, Eagle Innovations Accelerator and Tech Commercialization, Resource Development, USI @ Innovation Pointe and the I-69 Innovation Corridor initiative.

Previously, she was coordinator of the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Supervision degree programs and Engineering instructor. Vidal has also served as a consultant and trainer in the fields of operational excellence, new product introduction and leadership.

She has also served in a variety of roles at Proctor & Gamble Latin America, Mead Johnson, GE Plastics and Berry Plastics. She holds a chemical engineering degree from Universidad Metroplitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and a Master of Business Administration from USI.

Some of the recent economic and workforce development and strategic planning projects Vidal has been involved in include:

  • Growth Alliance Innovation & Entrepreneurship Committee Chair
  • Rural Indiana Technology Commercialization Initiative (RITCI)
  • Led region in application for Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative
  • I-69 Innovation Corridor leadership team and steering committee; this included the Brainpower and Innovation & Entrepreneurship task forces

Vidal is active in the community serving on several boards, and is a founding member and president of HOLA. She has been recognized for her leadership and community involvement through such honors as being named an Athena Award finalists, Leadership Evansville award, Top Five Most Influential Women in Evansville, Sydney Berger Community Award, and YWCA 100 Years 100 Women.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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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Ivy Tech Community College Awarded $4 million for Apprenticeship Program

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College was awarded nearly $4 million as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program. The College was one of 28 public-private apprenticeship partnerships to receive funding to support large-scale expansions of apprenticeship in industries including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology.

As a result, Ivy Tech will launch the Industrial Internet of Things Apprenticeship Expansion (IIoTAE) program which includes new curriculum to lead apprentices to Industry 4.0 credentials, including the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) and other recognized certifications. Industry 4.0 certifications are hybrid credentials of Ivy Tech’s advanced automation and robotics (AART) program and the Industrial Apprenticeship degree, creating a workforce alignment associate of applied science degree with additional coursework and elective options. The program is built on an existing apprenticeship platform that has a proven track record of employee engagement and apprenticeship completion.

The project will run for four years and serve 3,200 apprentices. The grant will help provide additional resources to support faculty, equipment, and curriculum upgrades. Students will earn SACA credentials as they complete courses in the program and will complete several other industry certifications that will make them even more valuable in companies implementing Industry 4.0 (smart factories).

“Ivy Tech looks forward to working closely with industry partners to actualize this innovative apprenticeship model with curriculum aligned to their specific needs,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Apprenticeship is the gold standard for training full-time employees to master a particular trade or occupation. Ivy Tech is excited to be among the first in the country to provide the IIoTAE apprenticeship helping Indiana manufacturers lead the nation with Industry 4.0.”

IIoTAE will target the workforce in Indiana to educate men and women in Indiana with varying skills about high-wage and high-demand apprenticeship in digital manufacturing.  For example, the program may work to recruit into the industry those who are unemployed and, as opportunities arise, will work with campus service areas to recruit underrepresented populations, including homeless and recovering opioid addicts.

Industry partners include: Cummins, ClearObject, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, LHP Engineering Solutions, and Major Tool & Machine.

Organizational partners include: Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), American Technical Education Association (ATEA), and the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA).

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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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50 W. FALL CREEK PKWY. NORTH DR.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46208

Ivy Tech is an accredited, equal opportunity, affirmative action community college.

Byrider Earns Department of Labor Registration for Service Technician Apprenticeship Program

INDIANAPOLIS (February 19, 2020)— As part of National Apprenticeship Week (November 11-17), Byrider announced today its Service Technician Apprenticeship program received registration by the Department of Labor. The company underwent a rigorous process that took over five months to complete, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College in Central Indiana, the largest single-accredited statewide community college system in the country.

 

The apprenticeship program will begin in early 2020 at select Byrider locations in the greater Indianapolis area. Over time, the program will expand to include apprenticeship programs in other states and partnerships with a broad range of technical schools. As part of the program, Byrider will offer tuition assistance for students and provide an automotive toolkit for apprentices upon completion of the program, which can cost upwards of $2,000.

 

“We’re proud to announce the first-ever Byrider apprenticeship program registered by the Department of Labor. It seems fitting to announce our registration during this national week that shines a light on the importance of training and educating students about apprentice opportunities that allow them to gain valuable skills and prepare for careers in a variety of industries,” Craig Peters, Byrider CEO, said.  “As we look to the future, creating an avenue for people to learn hands-on job skills in automotive repair will position students to grow and prosper in an industry where highly skilled technicians are desperately needed.”

 

Achieving Department of Labor Registration involved creating program standards by identifying key competencies, as well as designing a framework of both on-the-job and related training to ensure each apprentice is successful. The Byrider apprenticeship program is unique in that it will provide students the opportunity to work on a wide range of vehicle models, unlike most other automotive apprenticeships that focus primarily on just one vehicle brand.  This allows students in the Byrider program to obtain broad experience on cars that range in age, make and model, which can enhance the student’s marketability and provide more job opportunities.

 

The Department of Labor registers on average 1,600 apprenticeship programs annually across the nation. The goal of the program is to help ensure a comprehensive apprentice program experience for students and provide companies with high quality, skilled employees in a variety of industries.

 

About Byrider: Byrider, one of America’s largest integrated used car dealership and franchise systems, recently announced a major rebranding, officially changing its name from J.D. Byrider to Byrider. Byrider has sold more than 1.3 million cars at more than 150 locations across the country. Founded in 1989, Byrider continues to transform the automotive industry through its dedication to customer service and focus on car quality. Byrider’s success is driven by a commitment to being the consumer choice in helping people “Buy, Finance and Drive On,” even if they’ve been turned down for traditional bank financing. More information can be found at www.byrider.com.