Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 29, 2013

Ivy Tech to launch Advanced Manufacturing degree in 2014

From Staff Reports

From Staff Reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will launch a unique academic, industry-blended 75 credit hour co-op Advanced Manufacturing degree program in January.

Students will learn critical industrial automation/robotics maintenance skills and gain on-the-job experience with some of Indiana’s top manufacturing and logistics companies. It is scheduled to launch in early in 2014 in Columbus, Kokomo, Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Evansville and in additional cities throughout the state in the fall.

Ivy Tech has been working with manufacturing companies across the state to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of training and education. The community college currently enrolls more than 2,200 students in advanced manufacturing and industrial technology programs throughout the state. Beginning with a key position in manufacturing maintenance, Ivy Tech has expanded traditional maintenance training to include automation and robotics. This mechatronics approach includes an internship or co-op model that best prepares current and potential employees for advanced manufacturing maintenance careers.

“This type of on-the-job training is invaluable to both the student and the employer,” said Thomas J. Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College, in a press release. “In many cases, these students will have the opportunity to gain employment after graduation within the company for which they have interned. In addition, employers gain employees who are specifically trained for careers that are very much in-demand for industry.”

As part of the program, students will work as interns in a company for two days while pursuing their degree in one of the college’s manufacturing centers of excellence labs three days per week. An average of 10 companies per cohort provides intern or co-op opportunities. Students are either full-time employees of the company who need a skills upgrade or interns at the company who may or may not be hired upon graduation. Companies host more interns than they want to hire to create a pool of skilled employees to support their supply chains.

Students who complete the program are trained in the most current and relevant technologies, and have valuable real world maintenance experience. In anticipation of the level of success of this new training methodology, companies have requested a tool and die program, delivered in the same fashion.

Ivy Tech also recently announced a new advancing manufacturing training, a non-credit, 140-hour training program that leads to a technical certificate. The advanced manufacturing degree leads to an Associate of Applied Science and offers more extensive training.

Companies who are interested in learning more about how they can partner with Ivy Tech on the 75-hour co-op program should contact Sue Smith, vice president for the Technology and Applied Sciences Division and corporate executive for Advanced Manufacturing, at 812-374-5125.