Mid-America Science Park to hold Open House on Dec. 6

Learn more about training and workforce development opportunities available in Scott County.

The Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 3 to 6 p.m., to showcase new training classrooms, equipment and convening areas. The focus will be to highlight new training and workforce development opportunities available to students and residents in Scott County. Everyone is invited to attend, and particularly anyone interested in training for a new career, entering the job market soon, starting a new business or learning more about programs available to elementary, middle and high school students.

MASPark offers training for careers in advanced manufacturing and welding, giving high school students and workers an opportunity to earn valuable workforce skills and industry certifications for higher paying employment. Additionally, elementary, middle and high school students have an opportunity to participate in exploratory programs at MASPark that introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles, preparing them for future careers. MASPark also offers free business counseling and inventor group meetings to entrepreneurs looking to take their ideas to market.

The open house will give the public an opportunity to experience firsthand why MASPark is considered one of the most technologically-advanced training facilities in the region. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the following:

  • New CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) training equipment. CNC machines are used in a wide range of manufacturing environments, from automotive to energy to aerospace and defense.
  • 3D printers and high-resolution engravers & cutters used for manufacturing training classes, including viewing recent student projects produced on this equipment.
  • The welding lab and a unique virtual welding system available to prepare and certify trainees with nationally-recognized American Welding Society certifications.
  • A forklift simulator that accelerates training and learning with a real driving experience for workers employed by area manufacturers.
  • Industrial training robots used in advanced manufacturing and programming classes for today and tomorrow’s automated manufacturing, plus a worldwide recognized robotics training program for young people in elementary and middle school.
  • Free business consulting and services for local entrepreneurs wanting to create their own new business.

The open house will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Road South in Scottsburg. Light refreshments will be served. Visit the Mid-America Science Park online at www.maspark.org.

Ivy Tech Hosting Open House in Scottsburg on August 9

Ivy Tech Community College will be hosting an open house at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg on Wednesday, August 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn more about courses offered in Scottsburg
  • Apply for admission
  • Register for Fall 2017
  • Get financial aid assistance
  • Tour the state-of-the-art welding training facility
  • Meet with Veterans Affairs

Classes start August 21!

If you have questions, please email Kristy Holsapple or call her at 812-752-4327.

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.

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.