Ivy Tech Corporate College Recognized for Customized Training

As technology increases in the workforce, so too does the need for increased education.

Ivy Tech Corporate College has a variety of solutions – from weekly classes learning skills in computer technology to industry-related customized training for employers.

Recently, Corporate College was recognized for its customization of training and collaboration with WorkOne – to meet the needs of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) positions in the Wabash Valley.

Corporate College’s CNC Operator Program was recently selected as a finalist for the annual Exemplary Program Award for Noncredit Workforce Development Program from the National Council for Workforce Education.

NCWE recognized Ivy Tech Community College for successfully creating an intense educational package specifically designed to equip students with the tools to become National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certified CNC Operators, said Rod Dowell, account executive, for Corporate College Wabash Valley.

Ivy Tech utilizes a strategic, on-going partnership with the regional WorkOne office for recruitment and on-boarding of dislocated, underemployed as well as incumbent workers.  WorkOne also provides a funding stream for this program through state-appropriated funds.

There is an increasing need for viable CNC Operators, Dowell said. “Training for these operators is imperative to the future of many companies in the Wabash Valley.” An example of this need can be seen at Stark Industries (providing machining in aerospace, heavy industrial and medical).  Stark said at the beginning of the summer that there was an immediate need for an additional 25 CNC Operators for this summer alone, Dowell said.

“The need for machinists and CNC Operators is great in the Wabash Valley and the state of Indiana,” Dowell said. Businesses like Marion Tool and Stark Industries all produce industry leading parts and products for high end applications like jet engines. “This type of Advanced Manufacturing is a key to the success of the Wabash Valley economic situation. The more students we can get involved and interested in this type of work, the better prepared we will be to meet the need and growing demands of the machining industry.”

Ivy Tech’s planning with WorkOne and industry partners, have developed a CNC Operator training program educating workers in all aspects of CNC machine operation and setup methods while providing hands-on training. In lab exercises, each student gains valuable experience with general purpose hand tools, machine tooling, measurement and layout equipment, turning, milling, and grinding, Dowell said.

Ivy Tech and the Wabash Valley regional WorkOne have created a process for both on-boarding and funding for this program.  This CNC program has been reviewed and approved for Work Indiana funding by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Dowell explained the process:  Dislocated workers are screened by WorkOne staff utilizing the WorkKeys test, drug screening, as well as one-on-one interviews per the request of industry partners.  Once the potential student has passed all the required pre-screening and the desire for this type of work is determined, the student information is forwarded to Ivy Tech for registration into this training program.

Ten separate cohorts of 48 students, with 225 contact hours each, have moved through this entire process to successfully complete the training.  During the course’s history there has been a 98% completion rate for NIMS certification and  98% of Ivy Tech students have been placed with area businesses or have moved on to further their education at Ivy Tech.

The next CNC Operator training course will be September 20 – December 9.  For more information or to register, contact Amy Akers at (812) 298-2485 or aakers@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Corporate College Recognized for Customized Training

Ivy Tech Corporate College Fall Training Classes Starting Soon

The Ivy Tech Corporate College will begin its fall Microsoft Office 2013 and CPR training classes starting August 23, 2016. The Microsoft Office courses (3.5 hours) that are offered include Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Project. Both First Aid CPR (3 hours) and Healthcare Provider CPR (4 hours) classes are available.

Your company can only succeed when it has employees with the right knowledge and skills allowing the company to perform at its best. That makes education and professional development training among the most critical investments you can make in your business. Ivy Tech Corporate College can help you succeed!

Below is a list of the training classes offered this fall:

Microsoft 2013 Word

Level 1-           August 23, 2016 or October 4, 2016

Level 2-           August 30, 2016 or October 11, 2016

Level 3-           September 6, 2016 or October 18, 2016

Microsoft 2013 Excel

Level 1-           August 25, 2016 or October 13, 2016

Level 2-           September 1, 2016 or October 20, 2016

Level 3-           September 8, 2016 or October 27, 2016

Microsoft 2013 Access

Level 1-           September 13, 2016 or October 25, 2016

Level 2-           September 20, 2016 or November 1, 2016

Level 3-           September 27, 2016 or November 8, 2016

Microsoft 2013 PowerPoint

Level 1-           September 15, 2016 or November 3, 2016

Level 2-           September 22, 2016 or November 10, 2016

Microsoft 2013 Project

Level 1-           September 29, 2016 or November 15, 2016

Level 2-           October 6, 2016 or November 22, 2016


CPR – First Aid

Available on request

CPR – Healthcare provider

August 24, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

To sign up or for additional information, contact Amy Akers at (812) 298-2485 or aakers@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Corporate College Fall Training Classes Starting Soon

Ivy Tech Students’ First Harvest of Sweet Corn

On Tuesday, July 26, Ivy Tech students and faculty will be harvesting nearly 30 rows of sweet corn that were planted by students to not only give Ivy Tech Agriculture students hands-on experiences; but also to be used in a local, regional and state-wide project – providing fresh produce to feed families who don’t always have access to quality, nutritious food.

The harvest is taking place as part of Ivy Inspire – a program where Ivy Tech employees and students regularly participate in giving back to the community.

The equipment used in this project is the latest in precision agriculture with GPS capability including auto steer, split row planting capabilities, computer monitor/display, planting software, etc.  These precision agriculture additions to Ivy Tech’s tractor, allow precise and accurate planting, the ability to track planting of hybrid seed and software to manage yield calculations at time of harvest, among other benefits.

In this project students have a chance to take part in a meaningful experience outside of their normal lives by growing a field crop that can be eaten directly by humans, and helping the community at the same time.

Working closely with Catholic Charities, Wabash Valley Master Gardeners, Ivy Tech Community College, Westminster Village and a variety of other partners, the sweet corn will be distributed to food pantries across the Wabash Valley.  In addition to Wabash Valley locations, Catholic Charities will work with its statewide partners to share any additional remaining product.

Ivy Tech Students’ First Harvest of Sweet Corn

Ivy Tech Community College Students Win National Competition

Five students who are studying at Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley, used classroom-earned knowledge and field experience to win the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Soil Judging Competition at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. More than 1,000 students from across the nation participated in the NACTA competition in a variety of contests.

The winning team members are:

  • Cody Kosinki, from Clinton, IN
  • Anthony Stowe, from Rockville, IN
  • Dalton Lewis, from Linton, IN
  • Lindsey Jones, from Terre Haute, IN
  • Robin Stover, from Marshall, IL

John Rosene, agriculture program chair at Ivy Tech, said that knowledge of soils and soil characteristics is very useful for agriculture producers, but also in a variety of careers such as landscaping, custom application, site inspection for septic systems and more. “Soils are the foundation of agriculture as well as all kinds of construction, from residential to road construction.  This contest allows students to see soils in unique places and evaluate them for crop productivity and other uses,” Rosene said.  This year’s contest was held in an area that was once an ancient lake bed and featured heavy clay soils interspersed with sandy beach ridges. The primary crop grown in northwestern Minnesota is sugar beets. “We teach students about the origin and characteristics of varied soil types, but until you see something like this, it’s hard to really get a feel for a soil that doesn’t occur anywhere in our area” added Rosene.

At the competition, he said students had the opportunity for intense practice for three days prior to the competition in pits dug around the city. Rosene and Coach Brandon Hall, a former soil judge, attended the competition with the students.

The actual competition was at a location kept secret until the day of the contest.  Students were divided into groups, and under controlled conditions, evaluated the soils for texture, structure, color and drainage. The students then judged the soils for their application to agricultural production and engineering uses.

Rosene said Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley began competing in 2010, and has placed in the Top 3, five times.  “We’ve been very successful, however, this is the first time we’ve come in first.”

Ivy Tech Community College Students Win National Competition