Local Industry Partners with Ivy Tech to Develop New Employees

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Evansville, IN – Ivy Tech Community College and five local companies – SABIC, Valero, Green Plains, and CountryMark of Mount Vernon, IN, and Mead Johnson Nutrition, of Evansville – announced today a partnership designed to identify, train, and employ new workers for the companies, anchored by a $147,000 donation by SABIC, $20,000 from CountryMark, and $15,000  from Valero to the Ivy Tech Foundation. This partnership and funding will be used to purchase lab equipment for Ivy Tech’s newest offering in the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science, as well as Advisory Board membership, and internship and scholarship opportunities.

On April 16, Ivy Tech’s Evansville Campus was approved to offer a Process Operations technical certificate. The credential will provide students the training to achieve initial qualifications and fundamental knowledge of the process industry that can lead to employment as process operators in a variety of fields like chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum refining industries.

“This partnership is providing a creative solution to address what is being called a ‘silver tsunami’ as many in the workforce are at, or nearing, retirement,” said Jonathan Weinzapfel, Evansville Campus Chancellor. “Students in this program will be prepared to enter the workforce in one year, and benefit from scholarships provided by the companies, as well as internship opportunities.

“Because of these retirements, these companies have a great need for trained process technicians to operate equipment in the production process,” he added. Weinzapfel lauded the foresight of SABIC, as they developed a plan of action to train individuals for the many open positions they will have in the coming months and years as long-time skilled employees retire. “This groundbreaking concept, will be a model many will follow to grow our employment base.”

Weinzapfel added that funding through NextLevel Jobs, an initiative through the Governor’s Office, may provide these courses free to qualifying students. Students must work with Ivy Tech’s Enrollment Center and Financial aid office to verify eligibility.

According to leaders in these companies, graduates will be readily employed at competitive starting salaries of $20 per hour or more. The program will provide a practical education in the various aspects of plant operations including environmental, health, and safety, equipment operation, process monitoring, troubleshooting procedures, regulatory compliance, and basic preventive maintenance.

SABIC, Valero, and CountryMark’s donations will provide the funding for Ivy Tech to upgrade their laboratory facilities to include new equipment, modern instrument trainers, and computer process simulators when classes begin this summer. Students studying for the Process Operations Technical Certificate will learn how to:

  1. Maintain safety, health, and environmental standards in a chemical plant.
  2. Handle, store, and transport chemical materials according to all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  3. Describe chemical process systems and operations.
  4. Operate, monitor, and control batch and continuous chemical processes.
  5. Apply mathematical and statistical concepts and principles to chemical process operations.
  6. Use computers and computerized equipment for communications and chemical process control.

Joe Castrale, general manager of SABIC’s Mt. Vernon facility said it was important to his company to be proactive and develop a plan to address the employment needs of his company before it hits and to reach out to similar companies to be a part of the process.

“SABIC’s Mount Vernon production employees possess a unique set of technical and critical thinking skills that take years to develop,” Castrale said. “With increasing retirements on the horizon, it is important now more than ever to address the workforce gaps in the petrochemical industry head on.

“The technical certificate program allows us to transfer that deep knowledge and train employees faster in order to continue operating our facility safely while competing in a global marketplace.”

To enroll, go to www.ivytech.edu/applynow or call Joseph Binkley, assistant director of admission for additional information at 812-492-0337.

Local Industry Partners with Ivy Tech to Develop New Employees

Southridge, Heritage Hills, and Tell City come out On Top in Skills Competition at Ivy Tech Community College

Evansville, Ind.— Three area high school students took home scholarships, tools, and trophies today following the 3rd Annual Ivy Tech Community College Automotive Skills Competition.

Winners were:

  • Dylan Jones, first place, Southridge High School
  • Logan Klueh, second place, Tell City High School
  • Ernest Volz, third place, Heritage Hills High School

Prizes included one, $1,000 scholarship to Ivy Tech; two, $500 scholarships and tools from Snap-On, NAPA, and AutoZone.

The competition among selected students from area high schools with automotive programs consisted of testing through a variety of scenarios one would find in an automotive repair setting such as:  alignment issues, no start, looking up service information, confirming customer complaint and diagnostic process, investigating check engine light and live data, multi-point inspection, and a 50-question ASE style test.

Training sessions for students not participating in the skills challenge were provided by Snap-On, NAPA, and FCA Mopar Cap Fiat Chrysler Corp, AutoZone, and Technician Academy. Lunch was sponsored by Kenny Kent Toyota.

Southridge, Heritage Hills, and Tell City come out On Top in Skills Competition at Ivy Tech Community College

Free Mining Training at Ivy Tech Community College

Evansville, Ind.- Ivy Tech Community College will offer free mining training at the Princeton Career and Technology Center beginning in April.

The training, MSHA Part 48 is being offered May 7-10 and May 21-24 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants must register in person at Ivy Tech’s Princeton Career & Technology Center, 2431 South Crabtree Drive, Princeton.

Proceeds from Indiana Coal Mining Institute license plate sales are making this opportunity available at no cost to participants who meet the general hiring requirements. Participants will be trained and ready for hire on the last day of class.

More than 125 immediate job openings in Gibson County require MSHA Part 48 training. MSHA training is required for all employees, maintenance, and vendors on any mine site. Training is valid for 36 months, so participants can train now and work later.  Ivy Tech hopes to continue to offer this training this summer, for Class of 2018 high school graduates that have an interest in a career in coal mining or mining support industries, such as diesel maintenance, engineering, industrial technology, logistics, management, and welding.

John Snowden, mining program director, will coordinate the free mining training classes at Ivy Tech. Snowden boasts nearly 30 years of mining experience and workforce training instruction throughout Southern Indiana.

For more information about free mining training classes, call the Princeton Career and Technology Center at 812-385-8495 option 0. Learn more about Ivy Tech Workforce Alignment at ivytech/edu.TrainedAndReady.

Free Mining Training at Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Medical Assisting Awarded Continuing Accreditation

EVANSVILLE, IN – The Medical Assisting Program at the Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus has been awarded continuing accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) until 2027. The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) Site Surveyors reported no deficiencies based on their onsite review on October 23 & 24, 2017.

“I am very proud of the faculty and staff at Ivy Tech Community College and their dedication to ensure we are assisting our students with meeting their career goal to become a Certified Medical Assistant, as well as preparing them for their role within the health care industry,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Kyra Hiatt, program chair for the program, explained that medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of a health care delivery team, performing administrative and clinical procedures. “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations,” Hiatt said.

For more information on Ivy Tech’s Medical Assisting Program visit www.ivytech.edu/medical-assisting/.


Ivy Tech Medical Assisting Awarded Continuing Accreditation

Ivy Tech Community College Hosts Annual Wellness Fair

EVANSVILLE, IN—Ivy Tech Community College Southwest will conduct its Wellness Fair on Wednesday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ivy Tech’s main campus located at 3501 N. First Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Wellness Fair will showcase booths from more than 40 area vendors including Anthem, Gilda’s Club, Evansville Tri-State Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, Deaconess Hospital, St. Vincent, Active Chiropractic, YWCA, and many more. There will also be free blood pressure screenings, chair massages, and cholesterol screenings provided by our students as they showcase what they are learning in their programs. The Ivy Tech nursing students will also be on hand giving out health-related information as part of their community project.

”Our goal is to offer a large variety of health information while also educating our students. We are excited to have more student participation in our Wellness Fair this year,” said Ivy Tech’s Wellness and Fitness Coordinator Amy Lutzel.  “This is a convenient opportunity for the community to not only learn about some of the programs we offer at Ivy Tech, but also to ask questions about their health.”


Ivy Tech Community College Hosts Annual Wellness Fair