Ivy Tech program gets state award

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Ivy Tech Comunity College’s Terre Haute campus received a state-wide award for it’s CNC operator program. This CNC program is intended to allow students to get jobs in the machining industry. The full Ivy Tech news release is below:

Ivy TechCommunity College Terre Haute’s CNC Operator Program with National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certifications has received an Award for Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education. Statewide, four Ivy Tech Community College students and three Ivy Tech programs were selected to receive awards. The awards will be presented at the Indiana Career and Technical Education (CTE) Awards for Excellence Ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Indiana Government Center Auditorium in Indianapolis.


The program was created to prepare individuals to fill local jobs in the machining industry.


“Regional workforce demand showed 648 machining jobs in Terre Haute’s service area during 2017 with an expected growth of 7.4% through 2028,” said David Will, dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, & Applied Science.


To meet the demand, in June 2013 Ivy Tech Terre Haute collaborated with the Western Indiana WorkOne office and local machining industry partners to implement a training program. The 12-week, 225-hour training program prepares individuals for jobs as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) operators. Students who complete the training earn four nationally recognized certifications through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and 12 academic credits from Ivy Tech Community College’s Machine Tool Technology program.


WorkOne helped to selectively admit students into the program using a variety of screening tools including several Work Keys assessments.


After five years since program implementation, 92 students have graduated from the program. The program has a 98% completion rate and has awarded 422 NIMS certifications and 1,104 credits. 94% of students who completed the program have either been hired by local employers or continued their education at Ivy Tech.


“This program’s success is largely due to the quality of instruction,” said Will. “Instructor John Ludlow passes along his passion for machining through his years of experience in industry and decades of teaching machining. Students frequently comment about how contagious John’s passion is for machining.”


Each group of program graduates are recognized with a graduation ceremony attended by graduates’ families and Ivy Tech industry partners. Employers review graduate resumes, student projects, and discuss potential employment options.  


“Many machining jobs are still available, so this program continues to be vital in assisting industry in filling their skilled employment needs,” said Will. “Programs like this at Ivy Tech change our students’ lives and positively impact our communities.”


The Indiana CTE Awards for Excellence program identifies and celebrates career and technical education students, programs, active partnerships that contribute to high quality career and technical education, guidance/career services displaying excellence in Indiana, and outstanding contributors to careers in technical education in Indiana.


Ivy Tech’s CNC Operator Training Program is a comprehensive 12-week course endorsed by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. The program offers 225 hours of instruction and hands-on training that prepares students for in-demand jobs.

Learn more at www.IvyTech.edu/machine-tool-technology. To sign up, contact Sarah Thomas at 812-298-2482 or sthomas154@ivytech.edu.


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