Advanced Manufacturing Rapidly Expands, Training Available in Scott County

Many of the economic drivers in Indiana and Scott County are key industries for advanced manufacturing, including: aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical devices, plastics, food and beverage, and defense/military.

Reduced labor costs overseas have compelled U.S. manufacturers to bridge innovation and technology in order to remain competitive. Leading companies have learned that technology not only improves the creation of goods, but also the quality in which they are produced. This is the future of manufacturing in the 21st Century – where the latest technology and innovations are used to deliver complex and highly functional products. Put another way, this is advanced manufacturing.

In the last decade, top manufacturers have redesigned their production lines to increase efficiency and reduce labor costs. In doing so, companies have realized that biggest challenge in the advanced manufacturing sector is not finding capital for upgrading equipment. The real challenge is finding skilled workers who can operate the new technology and advanced processes on the production floor. That demand will continue to grow as more companies seek to remain competitive through innovative technologies.

advanced manufacturingFor Scott County residents, there’s good news for those seeking advanced manufacturing training. MASPark and Ivy Tech Corporate College offer an Advanced Manufacturing Open Entry/Open Exit (OE2) training program for regional manufacturing workers. OE2 gives employers the ability to customize content to meet their own particular training needs, with the flexibility to adapt the curriculum to match each employee’s experience level.

The self-paced courses allow students to complete the classes without having to disrupt work schedules. The model develops job-ready skills that yield a significant return on investment for employers. The end result is a workforce better able to meet the advanced skill requirements of today’s manufacturing environment.

Ivy Tech also offers dual-credit opportunities in advanced manufacturing at MASPark for high school students who wish to enter the field. Advanced manufacturing will continue to be a dominant area of job and economic growth in the coming years. Students and workers are encouraged to pursue the educational opportunities that will provide them the skill sets to succeed in the 21st Century.

For more information on training and workforce development opportunities at MASPark, please call (812) 752-9521 x1225.

Ivy Tech to Hold Open House at MASPark on June 12

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Ivy Tech Community College will host an Open House on Friday, June 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend to learn more about dual credit opportunities for high school students, training certificates, academic courses, and the Welding Institute that are available to local residents.

Education & Training Opportunities:

  • Academic Courses
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Welding Institute
  • Dual Credit Courses

This will be a great opportunity to speak to Ivy Tech staff and get a chance to tour our Welding and Training labs.

Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions please contact: Kristy Holsapple, Site Coordinator at (812) 752-4327 or kholsapple5@ivytech.edu.

Dual-Credit Programs at MASPark Strengthen Scott County Workforce

The school year is nearing its end, meaning a select group of Austin and Scottsburg High School seniors will not only be graduating high school, but they will also be completing collegiate courses thanks to a dual-credit program offered by Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. Students who were a part of the Advanced Manufacturing (ADMF 101 and 102) and Welding (WELD 108 and 206) classes were able to spend a portion of their school day at Mid-America Science Park for the last two semesters.

“Being able to teach Advanced Manufacturing at MASPark has been very beneficial,” said Kyle Mullins, Advanced Manufacturing instructor. “The setting exposes students to what it is like to work in a more industrial environment. It also brings light to the fact that this is an adult learning environment.”

Welding InstituteStudents from Scottsburg High School and Austin High School had the opportunity to gain six college credits as well as four certifications from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council including Safety, Quality Practices Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production and Maintenance Awareness.

This additional training provides students with skill sets that most other graduates do not have and strengthens the quality of the Scott County workforce. The course subjects are specifically aligned to meet the talent needs of regional employers. According to Mullins, the students have taken the courses very seriously and are all excelling.

“Indiana is a manufacturing state and as manufacturing grows, so does our economy,” said Mullins. “These students are building technical skills necessary to make them competitive at a very early stage. I’m hopeful that many will stay in our community and make it a better place for everyone.”

The program, which was two semesters this year, will evolve into a four-semester program beginning in the fall. According to Mullins, this will allow students more time to have a greater amount of practical application.

For more information on training and workforce development opportunities at MASPark, please call (812) 752-9521 x1225 or visit maspark.org.

Scott County School District 2 Receives Works Council Grant

Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Regional Works Council announced this week that Scott County School District 2 is a 2015 Innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum Grant recipient. SCSD2 is one of eight school districts in the state selected in a second round of grant funding, provided by the Indiana General Assembly, that targets new learning opportunities at the regional level with collaborations between local business and education partners.

SCSD2 GrantSCSD2 developed the grant proposal in conjunction with the Region 10 Works Council and the Scott County Economic Development Corporation. The grants are designed to encourage innovative and collaborative career and technical training opportunities for Hoosier students in key sectors of Indiana’s state and regional economies. These sectors include agriculture, advanced manufacturing, energy, automotive, construction, precision machining, robotics and welding.

“The ability to get students on track to not only graduate, but also to be career ready when they graduate is a huge benefit to the students and our community,” said Dr. Marc Slaton, SCSD2 Superintendent. “We work closely with employers throughout the region to prepare our students for rewarding careers.”

The SCSD2 pilot program brings together advanced manufacturing and welding with work-based learning experiences, and incorporates a new Work Ethic Certification developed by local school superintendents with the support of more than 60 area employers. Students will have the unique opportunity to train with the latest in advanced manufacturing and welding equipment at the Mid-America Science Park. Key partners include Amatrol, Mid-America Science Park, Ivy Tech, the Mayor of Scottsburg and Prosser.

“Scott County School District 2 takes a progressive approach to education to ensure that their students have every opportunity for success,” said Mayor Bill Graham, City of Scottsburg. “This grant is a testament to their dedication and the support of a strong business community in Scottsburg.”

The goal of the grant program is to foster and scale the most innovative and effective CTE curriculum models. These models require a 3:1 ratio of grant funding to private investment match. The total available grant funding allocated to SCSD2 is $137,606 with $62,652 in private matching funds.

The SCSD2 program will start this fall with 52 enrolled students. They will earn certifications and dual credits, supplemented by job shadowing and a minimum 15-hour internship in both advanced manufacturing and welding programs.

The Indiana Works Councils bring together more than 160 educational, workforce and business and industry leaders to evaluate local landscapes for educational programming, business needs and potential skills gaps. The General Assembly created the Works Councils in 2013 at the request of Gov. Mike Pence to further technical training options and provide students with opportunities for success whether they want to go to college, learn a trade or start their career right out of high school.

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Scott County School District 2 is one of the premier school systems in Southern Indiana, featuring some of the top rated schools in the state. SCSD2 schools offer opportunities for students to collaborate and excel academically in a tech-rich environment. Visit www.choosescott2.com to learn more.

The Region 10 Works Council includes Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties.