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May 6, 2014

Ivy Tech Richmond awarded $150,000 grant to provide manufacturing skills training

RICHMOND — Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is among 17 community colleges nationwide, the only one in Indiana, receiving $150,000 to train area residents with skills needed for regional manufacturing jobs. The award is part of a $4.19 million dollar three -year grant from the Walmart Foundation to support the Job Ready, Willing and Able (JRWA) initiative to provide middle-skills training and industry recognized credentials. The award was announced today by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Ivy Tech Richmond’s Corporate College skills gap training program, Manufacturing Matters (MM), will lead the program in Richmond. Kim Thurlow, Ivy Tech Richmond Corporate College Executive said, “This award allows the program to expand this training across our region. The $50,000 a year grant over three years will enable Manufacturing Matters to offer enhanced training to meet the needs of employer partners through more hands-on delivery utilizing new equipment for manufacturing and maintenance skills attainment”.

Andy Bowne, Ivy Tech Richmond Region Chancellor, said, “This grant recognizes and supports the innovative partnership our local manufacturers, WorkOne, and Ivy Tech have created to train area residents for great employment opportunities in the region. These dollars will enable Manufacturing Matters expansion.”

The current Manufacturing Matters training is focused on the nationally recognized Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential endorsed by 11 area manufacturing partners, stakeholders and funders in the Ivy Tech Richmond region.

Bowne said, “It is an incredible honor to be recognized by AACC and Walmart through the Jobs Ready, Willing and Able grant. Public-private partnerships are changing the game in communities across our state and nation. This is one more shining example of great work.”

Applicants for the MM program are moved through the WorkOne system and must pass a kills assessment, WorkKeys, at a silver level, take part in a behavioral interview, commit to a training schedule and pass a drug screen. Those selected for the program receive a full scholarship worth $2600 and participate in a 10 week, 172 hour course taught by Ivy Tech Corporate College and WorkOne.

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