Work Ready in Scott County – Scottsburg High School Students Excel in Welding & Advanced Manufacturing Training

This is the first article in a two-part series on workforce development programs available to high school students in Scott County in partnership with the City of Scottsburg, the Scott County Economic Development Corporation and the Mid-America Science Park. 

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In December, 83% of Mullins’ students earned their MSSC Safety Certificate. This is the highest pass rate since initiating the advanced manufacturing program at MASPark, and it exceeds the average pass rate in Indiana.

They haven’t entered the workforce yet, but a number of Scottsburg High School students are taking steps now to ensure their success in the future. Their school days start just like any other, but by mid-morning they are on their way to the Mid-America Science Park to learn skills they can apply in today’s advanced manufacturing and welding fields.

This style of learning may be unfamiliar to parents, and it’s certainly not the same manufacturing people were talking about 30 years ago. These students are engaging in highly skilled training using the latest technology, and it’s a smart move for those motivated to graduate a step ahead of their peers. They will graduate career-ready. Or, if they choose to pursue a two- or four-year degree, these courses are offered as dual-credit opportunities via Ivy Tech and can be applied toward a degree.

Kyle Mullins, the career and technical education teacher at Scottsburg High School, leads the dual-credit program and starts with students as freshman in an introduction to engineering class. From there, they can spend their sophomore and junior years earning industry certifications from the American Welding Society (AWS) and Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). By their senior year, they are positioned to earn advanced certificates or ideally, complete an internship with a local employer.

There are currently 18 Scottsburg High School students enrolled in welding and 12 in advanced manufacturing. “Our students are digital natives. They’ve grown up with technology, and it’s familiar to them,” said Mullins. “Today’s manufacturing environment allows them to use those skills and that passion for gainful employment and a successful career.”

In December, 83% of Mullins’ students earned their MSSC Safety Certificate. This is the highest pass rate since initiating the advanced manufacturing program at MASPark, and it exceeds the average pass rate in Indiana.

Mullins’ visionary approach relies heavily on industry feedback to ensure he is structuring his curriculum to address the skills gap in manufacturing and related positions, particularly among local employers. Mullins is also working hard to build relationships with local manufacturers to secure more internship and job shadowing opportunities for his students.

If you are an employer interested in offering welding or advanced manufacturing internships, please contact Kyle Mullins at (812) 752-8927 x7134. 

Kyle Mullins is from Charlestown, Ind., and earned a degree at Purdue University in engineering and technology education. In addition to his teaching position, he is the head football coach at Scottsburg High School. 

Dual-credit courses for Scottsburg High School students began at MASPark in 2013. The program has expanded to include Austin and Crothersville High Schools, which will be the focus of the second article in this series. The Scottsburg Redevelopment Commission recently approved funding for CNC machining equipment that will allow students to train with equipment used in the field. 

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.