“The robotics that they’re doing … it’s moving in a very interesting direction,” Bailey said.
Daily said Ivy Tech’s push to fill the skills gap in advanced manufacturing hasn’t gone well so far.
Many people in the area remember the days when the auto industry was bottoming out and people were losing their jobs, he said. They don’t consider it a secure career.
“The industries in town are working hard to change those opinions,” Daily said. “It’s a much more attractive job now. It’s a lucrative job.”
Still, though, it’s a hard sell, he said. Ivy Tech has a lot of work to do to convince high school students and their parents otherwise.
Bailey said they need to do this, though. It will go a long way in helping the region and Chrysler.
“They have pretty critical job needs right now,” she said.
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at firstname.lastname@example.org