Campus secures Bridge to College Days grant to increase postsecondary opportunities for high school juniors and seniors

Ivy Tech Indianapolis has received a $10,000 GEAR UP Bridge to College Days grant in partnership
with Arsenal Technical High School and Warren Central High School.

The initiative also includes TeenWorks, Indy Achieves, and Foster Success. Bridge to College Days will incorporate five college and career readiness priorities.Priorities include:

Priorities include:

  • Scholar Success Program completion and maintaining academic eligibility
  • Parent and family engagement programming
  • Financial aid and literacy information
  • Understanding Indiana’s colleges and universities
  • Career exploration and preparation

From dropping out to SGA president

As she stood in front of an audience at the Indy Achieves Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration, Tapiwa Mzumara took a moment to reflect on everything leading up to that moment. The second-year Biotechnology student and President of the Student Government Association returned to finish what she started eight years ago through the Indy Achieves Completion Grant and has made a significant impact on her fellow students and Ivy Tech community since returning.

“In 2013, I was a bright-eyed freshman, ready to learn and ready to achieve. But I had obstacles.”

Tapiwa Mzumara

In her first semester at Ivy Tech, her mother was chronically ill, causing her to be in and out of the hospital. Additionally, Tapiwa was an undocumented immigrant, anticipating becoming a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. Being in mixed-status family (for immigration) and her mother’s illness caused her to leave school midway through her freshman year.

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Area 31 Career Center and Ivy Tech’s Digital Integrated Manufacturing Program, first-of-a-kind in the state

During its annual Partnership Day last Fall, the Area 31 Career Center and Ivy Tech announced a new and innovative program and career opportunity: Digital Integrated Manufacturing (DIM).

The Area 31 Career Center, located at 1200 N. Girls School Road in Indianapolis, is a high school with direct, hands-on learning and real-world experience for local students. Students attend career preparation classes for half of their day at Area 31 and the other half at their home high school.

The new DIM program serves as a pilot for Ivy Tech before a statewide launch of dual credit programming in Smart Manufacturing and Digital Integration. Its first cohort begins Fall 2022.

“It’s a big opportunity for now and for the future. It’s exciting to be one of the first few people to ever be in it (the program). It’s something to take advantage of with more money and opportunities.”

Current student in program

Students in the Area 31 Digital Integrated Manufacturing program develop skills and knowledge of modern manufacturing processes.

Industry-current technologies, project-based learning experiences, and employer engagements help students grow their understanding of production processes, robotics, quality control, digital integration, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

“We are absolutely confident that the Digital Integrated Manufacturing program will create a steady flow of capable and well-prepared Industry 4.0 professionals.”

Paula Dutra E Mello of Telamon Corp.

What can students earn?

  • Ivy Tech college credits
  • Potential to earn postsecondary credential
  • Opportunities for industry-recognized credentials

Preparations for the future

Program graduates will have the opportunity to continue their development through postsecondary programs, stackable industry credentials and employment in roles such as production technicians, quality control specialists, technologists and more.

For more information about this program at Ivy Tech, contact Steve Bardonner, dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences at sbardonn@ivytech.edu.

Machine Tool Technology showcases new equipment during open house with more than 12 local employers

On November 18, more than 12 local employers attended the Machine Tool Technology program’s open house to view its labs with newly upgraded equipment, including its new Haas UMC 500 Universal Machining Center and Haas ST20Y CNC Lathe.

In addition to tours, Ivy Tech and employers discussed the program and ways the College could support future workforce needs of their companies.

The open house was supported by Machine Tool Technology faculty, Ivy Tech Indianapolis Development and Office of Career Coaching and Employer Connections.