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Ivy Tech Community College to offer
enhanced manufacturing program

For further information, contact:
Kelly Lucas
(317) 917-5732

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has granted approval for Ivy Tech
Community College to split its manufacturing and industrial technology program into two new programs allowing the college to further expand its advanced manufacturing offerings as well as add two new certificate programs in mechatronics and manufacturing operations.

The college will split its Manufacturing and Industrial Technology degree program into two separate programs:
Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology. The curriculum for the original manufacturing program was
more heavily based in industrial technology. The split will allow Ivy Tech to offer additional coursework in
advanced manufacturing, focusing on soft skills, lean manufacturing, quality systems, integrated manufacturing
technology and project-based leadership skills.

Students in the new Advanced Manufacturing program will become MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standards
Council) certified within their first two classes. Students will also have to complete a 2-credit co-op with a
manufacturing company at the end of the degree cycle.
Employers will now have candidates that possess a nationally recognized certification, an associate degree andmanufacturing experience.

The change in the degree programs also means greater transferability to a four-year college or university with
transfer programs for the Industrial Technology program already in place with Indiana State University and
Purdue University.

The development of these two new degree programs is supported by a $1.86 million grant awarded to Ivy Tech in 2006 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. It was the largest High
Growth Job Training Initiative grant awarded for advanced manufacturing that year, and its aim is to help workers gain skills needed for successful careers in high pay/high growth jobs in manufacturing. Ivy Tech and Purdue University were co-developers and co-recipients of the grant, which specified the formulation of the Indiana Advanced Manufacturing Education Collaborative. Ivy Tech and Purdue are working together to create
partnerships to provide a continuum of manufacturing education to serve a range of students.

Ivy Tech Community College is one of the nation’s largest statewide community college systems and the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with more than 110,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For Information: Bloomington Program in Advanced Manufacturing