Terre Haute - Prospective employers went to Ivy Tech for a chance to meet and observe the work of students who have completed a program in metal working and machine engineering skills.
The trade skills are in high demand but workers are in short supply.
A 12 week program at Ivy Tech gets students ready to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
"They learn how to read prints,they learn how to run manual mills and lathes, and then they all are enamored with the CNC machines," says David Will, Ivy Tech Terre Haute Dean of the School of Technology.
The most recent class to graduate from the local program consisted of eight men who now have an extremely valuable skill set.
"Well it is valuable because we have tremendous demand in this region," says Dean David Will.
Jeff Orten is one of the graduates. He used to work at the Kellogg's plant in Seelyville. Before the facility closed in August he had never considered a job in the machining industry. Now he heads into the next chapter of his life with 5 new certifications.
"I made crackers there, now I am making stuff that is going to make planes fly," says Orten.
Orten says he is going to continue with school in January to pursue a programing degree from Ivy Tech because he wants to set an example for his kids and grandchildren.
"Hopefully a good example that whatever you want to be, it doesn't matter how old you are, you can accomplish it," says Orten.
Dean David Will says there is something special about this class of graduates. "Well this class has done a tremendous job of not only meeting the minimum requirements for embedded certification through NIMS but every one of them has also received two additional NIMS certifications. So they came in with some skills, they were dedicated, and they went above and beyond of getting additional NIMS certifications that are going to be valuable for their career."
Ivy Tech partners with employers around the community to help students that complete the program find a job as soon as possible.
Of the eight graduates, four are entering the work force immediately while the other four are continuing their education.