Purdue, Ivy Tech partner on next-generation microelectronics workforce

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College are partnering to help meet the future workforce needs in microelectronics, a field that is expected to add more than 100,000 workers over the next decade.

The agreement will provide a variety of collaborative educational opportunities for faculty and students in microelectronics and will explore ways to attract more talent to this area.

Mung Chiang, executive vice president for strategic initiatives for Purdue, said both institutions are ready to make a material impact on the future of the semiconductors industry in Indiana and across the U.S.

“The Purdue-Ivy Tech partnership will enable a comprehensive, robust solution to address the microelectronics needs across the entire workforce value chain, from associate to doctoral degrees,” said Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and the Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Considering the more than 70,000 students at each institution, this is virtually the largest partnership between a university and a community college for talent pipeline – perhaps the ultimate supply chain – in tech space.

Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said, “Ivy Tech’s mission is rooted in workforce alignment, and we are pleased to partner with Purdue to address this need. The state of Indiana and industry win when institutions of higher education partner to provide economic and workforce development solutions.”

Purdue is a national leader in microelectronics devices and packaging research, spanning the semiconductor ecosystem in software and hardware. The demand for microelectronics increased by 26.2% in 2021. But while the U.S. consumes about half of the chips produced worldwide, only about 12% are manufactured in the U.S.

Under terms of the agreement, Purdue and Ivy Tech will collaborate on a number of areas related to semiconductors and microelectronics, including:

  • Development of corporate training programs for industry-driven credentials, including certificates and certifications.
  • Curriculum for associate and bachelor’s degrees.
  • Outreach in high schools to increase interest in microelectronics for prospective students and develop career pathways and potential dual credit.
  • Efforts to attract semiconductor companies to Indiana and place students in well-paying jobs.

The collaboration also will focus on internet opportunities to expand the potential workforce by creating access to online courses and deploying virtual training tools. This will contribute to the need to rapidly scale up training programs.

Purdue already has established excellence in key research areas considered critical to national security, including microelectronics. The area is among the critical topics under Purdue’s Next Moves, recently announced strategic initiatives that will advance the university’s competitive advantage.

The agreement is the latest piece of Purdue’s continually expanding research and development in the field of microelectronics and semiconductors.

The university recently highlighted its ongoing Purdue partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corp., pairing academia with industry to further microelectronics research.

Peter Bermel, the Elmore Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, leads the SCALE (Scalable Asymmetric Lifecycle Engagement Microelectronics Workforce Development) program, which brings faculty across the Purdue College of Engineering together with faculty from 16 universities, the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration labs and the defense industry to create a microelectronics workforce focused on national security needs.

Here is more on Purdue’s leadership in the area of microelectronics.

Microchips power the technologies used every day from cell phones, computers and cars to pacemakers, the internet and the electrical grid. Their power and affordability have steadily advanced, but the physical limits of standard design and production trends are being reached.

Ivy Tech already has worked with Purdue in a similar microelectronics effort that was submitted as a project for the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). Ivy Tech has also partnered with Purdue in numerous National Science Foundation grants, most recently in virtual reality projects. 

The agreement between Purdue and Ivy Tech was signed this week and will remain in place for five years with the potential for renewal at that point.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the last four years as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://stories.purdue.edu

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree,short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

Media contact: Brian Huchel, bhuchel@purdue.edu; Jennifer Hashem, 563-271-4385, jhashem1@ivytech.edu

Sources: Mung Chiang, Sue Ellspermann

Ivy Tech Community College Named 2022 Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech has been named a 2022 Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes.

Ivy Tech, which was considered among thousands of other large organizations for its ranking, was selected for this prestigious achievement based on specific evaluation criteria, including direct recommendations, indirect recommendations, diversity among top executives, and diversity engagement indicators.

Ivy Tech also ranked in the Top 10 of all educational institutions and the highest in the state of Indiana.

“This recognition speaks volumes about our work in diversity, equity, and belonging,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Ivy Tech is Indiana’s community college system with 19 campuses and 40 locations serving all of Indiana, so it is important our workplace embodies these values to strengthen our talent pipeline, encourage innovation, ensure the success of our students, and improve the prosperity of our state.”

Three years ago, Ivy Tech identified diversity, equity, and belonging as one of eight strategic plan goals and continues to track strategies and metrics relating to the goal, including removing systemic inequities and eliminating achievement gaps for its students. About 40% of all Black and Brown Hoosier college students and nearly 50% of all Black Hoosier students attending state schools choose Ivy Tech. 

Over 60,000 U.S. employees were surveyed in companies with a minimum of 1,000 employees to identify this year’s winners. View the full list of winners of the 2022 Best Employers for Diversity here and learn more about Ivy Tech’s strategic plan on our website.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

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OHIO, Ivy Tech agree to collaborate on program development

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 6, 2022) – Ohio University and Ivy Tech Community College, the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, have signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate on the development of programs and other opportunities to serve students of both institutions.

The two institutions have developed articulated transfer pathways to allow Ivy Tech students to seamlessly transfer into Ohio University once they finish at Ivy Tech. The new agreement aims to develop a successful new higher education model for collaboration and cooperation that supports regional economic development through workforce development services and encourages more residents to pursue additional higher education.

“We already have a strong relationship with Ivy Tech, and I look forward to the opportunity to strengthen our connections through this agreement,” Ohio University President Hugh Sherman said.

Ivy Tech and Ohio University will work to build a strategic partnership that expands learning opportunities for students to ensure that employees in Indiana and Ohio are well prepared to prosper in a highly competitive global economy.

“This agreement further reinforces our commitment to ensuring that students have access to the higher education opportunities they need to establish meaningful, fulfilling careers,” Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs said. “We look forward to working with Ivy Tech to develop new learning opportunities for students while enhancing the capabilities of both institutions.”

Through the official partnership, Ivy Tech students will now have access to Ohio University’s Strategic Transfer Educational Plan (STEP) program. STEP provides an advantage to current and future students from Ivy Tech who are planning to earn bachelor’s degrees at Ohio University by providing benefits such as early admission, personal transfer advising, and degree planning and financial savings and cost predictability through The OHIO Guarantee+. Learn more about the STEP program here.

“Our partnership with Ohio University provides flexibility for our students to continue achieving their goals through intentional programming and options that fit their needs,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College. “We are grateful for this partnership and look forward to generating more pathways that benefit our students as they progress through their academic careers.”

Ohio University and Ivy Tech signed an articulation agreement in 2018 to allow Ivy Tech students who get their Associate of Science in Nursing degrees to transition into Ohio’s RN-to-BSN program. A similar general education equivalency guide was also created for students who were pursuing academic pathways outside of the nursing program. Those agreements were renewed in 2021, and additional pathway development will be completed this year.

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Contact: Jennifer Hashem, executive director of public affairs, at 563-271-4385 or jhashem1@ivytech.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

About Ohio University

Ohio University strives to be the best student-centered, transformative learning community in America, where students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders. OHIO is committed to fostering, embracing, and celebrating diversity in all its forms. Our Athens Campus offers students a residential learning experience in one of the nation’s most picturesque academic settings. Additional campuses and centers serve students across the state, and online programs further advance the University’s commitment to providing educational access and opportunity. Ohio University is a Carnegie R1-classified research-intensive institution with a record of advancing knowledge through discovery and innovation in the natural and biomedical sciences, humanities and arts, and engineering. Visit www.ohio.edu for more information.