Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Visits Scott County

Secretary of Career Connections Highlights Programs for Hoosier Workers and Employers

On October 25, Governor Holcomb’s first-appointed Secretary for Career Connections and Talent, Blair Milo, visited with Scott County stakeholders at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, Ind., to discuss changes in the economy and workforce and implementing solutions for Hoosier students, workers and employers.

Developing a 21st Century skilled and ready workforce is one of five pillars in Governor Holcomb’s agenda to take Indiana to the Next Level as over a million job openings are expected over the next ten years.

To build a 21st Century workforce, Hoosier education and workforce systems must be aligned to:

  • Provide every Hoosier student with an effective baseline education infused with STEM, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and other attributes that prepare them for lifelong learning
  • Ensure students graduate high school ready to go to college, pursue meaningful training and employment in a field of their choice, and/or with the skills to go directly into a quality job
  • Connect working age adults to education and career training that is aligned to industry needs and leads directly to employment

“The nature of work across all industries is changing faster than ever before due to new technology, global connectedness, an aging workforce and many other worldwide trends.  Collaboration between families, industry, education, and community has never been more critical to ensure equal opportunity for a successful career keeps pace with the rate of change,” said Secretary Milo.

Secretary Milo is connecting with local and regional leaders across the state to grow alignment and collaboration tailored to community needs. During her visit, Secretary Milo discussed the following:

  • Reviewed a county-wide snapshot with the most recent county-specific data displaying: current job vacancies by industry with associated wages and educational requirement; future job demand forecasts; and county demographics including self-sufficiency wages and labor force trends.
  • Identified state, regional and local assets to assist with improving career connections and closing current gaps.
  • Identified what’s working well and what changes could/should be pursued to inform a regionally or locally driven talent pipeline.

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.

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

Ivy Tech Open House

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Entry Welder Training Available this Summer at MASPark

Get trained to work in the welding industry. WorkINdiana allows you to earn an Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma and American Welding Society (AWS) certification at the same time to give you the boost you need to become an Entry Welder.

Welding InstituteWHY: An Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma alone may not be enough for your career. Employers are looking to hire people with experience AND training. You could earn up to $36,860 per year working as an Entry Welder!

WHERE: Ivy Tech Welding Institute at the Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Road South, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170.

WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays, May 4 – July 8, 2015. 6:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. 80 Hours, 10 Weeks.

HOW: Contact your Adult Education Instructor, Transition Specialist, or call 812-981-3777.

MORE INFORMATION: Please click the image below to view the program flyer.

Ivy Tech Welding Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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