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 email@example.com.