Vincennes University launches workforce development effort

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INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Vincennes University is partnering with four major Indiana employers to launch a training program to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing, and help companies find skilled technical talent.

The Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education initiative provides select students with training in automation, robotics, and other aspects of advanced manufacturing, while also earning an associate degree from Vincennes. 

This is VU’s second INFAME program. The university also has the program at its main campus. This new program will be based at the VU’s Aviation Technology Center at Indianapolis International Airport.

The partner companies are Eli Lilly, Major Tool & Machine, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and 3M.

“The VU location available in Indianapolis should be very convenient for students and is a great facility to host the space needed for the AMT program,” said Kendra O’Brien, vice president of human resources at Major Tool & Machine. “INFAME is an opportunity for employers to reach out to highly talented people that may not be aware of how promising a career in high-tech manufacturing is.”

VU says students who successfully pass the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program will be qualified to start full-time work immediately after graduation.

Since students who get accepted to the INFAME program are also paid, they can complete their education with little to no student loan debt, according to the university.

“This program will offer students not only great experience and a highly-valued education and skill set, but it will also give them a great source of income to help pay for the cost of that education,” VU President Chuck Johnson said.

Interested candidates must be first admitted to VU, apply for the program and submit test scores. The university expects to welcome the first class to the Indianapolis-area program in the fall of 2020.