Ivy Tech Indianapolis’ Machine Tool Technology program wins award from Governor’s Workforce Cabinet
The Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet awarded Ivy Tech Community College’s Machine Tool Technology program with its Award of Excellence for Outstanding Postsecondary Career and Technical Education School Program of Study. The College will be presented the award at the CTE Awards for Excellence Ceremony on February 18.
The Indiana Awards for Excellence highlight achievements of Career and Technical Education students, partners and programs across Indiana that showcase career and technical education qualities. Recipients demonstrate clear objectives based on workforce needs, utilize resources in a cost-effective manner, teach with equipment used in workplaces and produce graduates that meet and exceed workplace standards.
“Technology is advancing quickly in every facet of the manufacturing world,” explained Gregory Kuhn, Machine Tool Technology program chair. “In education, the challenges that are always present are keeping the program relevant to industry needs and meeting student wants. It is difficult to blend those together. It is only through having a great team of faculty and advisory board members that we are able to do just that.”
Ivy Tech’s Machine Tool Technology program offers both hands-on learning and computer control machining, giving graduates the best opportunity for employment to earn higher wages.
“Our students graduate with skills that are immediately usable and our employers and board members recognize and appreciate that,” Kuhn added. “It is through their advice we continue to produce graduates with the skills needed to be immediately effective when they enter the workforce. It is impressive to have a group of faculty that has such great desire to learn and increase their own knowledge and skills in order to better serve our students. I think that is the spirit of ‘Our Communities. Your College.’”
The Machine Tool Technology program offers pathways for students to earn a certificate or technical certificate in CNC Production or Machine Tool Technology, or an associate of applied science degree.
This program also falls into Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative, which allows qualified Hoosiers the ability to earn tuition-free training for high-paying, in-demand fields. Recipients earn their certificate or technical certificate for free at Ivy Tech in two to three semesters. From there, graduates can enter the workforce in positions such as machinist, first line supervisor or production or tool and die maker, or proceed to earn an associate degree.