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Indiana: Advanced Manufacturing grant detailed October 26, 2006

Posted by Tom in Economic Development, Education, Workforce.
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Inside Indiana Business relays an Indiana Workforce Development press release further explaining the planned uses of their recently-announced $1.8 million, 3-year US Department of Labor Advanced Manufacturing grant:

The grant, awarded to Ivy Tech Community College for a partnership between Ivy Tech and Purdue University, targets transportation-related advanced manufacturing and will provide training for 550 workers in seven cities: Columbus, Lafayette, Richmond, Terre Haute, Madison, Evansville, and Indianapolis. It will also be used to develop a new statewide advanced manufacturing curriculum to help ensure a steady supply of trained workers.

“Just last week when we announced the new Cummins plant in Columbus, we talked about the importance of investing in the education and training of our workforce. With those new jobs and others on the way at Honda, Toyota and throughout Indiana, this grant will boost our preparation efforts,” said Governor Mitch Daniels.

While the initial focus of the grant targets the transportation sector, the long-term goal of the partnership is aimed at a broad range of industries. The two institutions will build workforce capacity in three areas: short-term pre-foundation skills training, foundational training utilizing the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council curriculum (MSSC), and technical, more specialized skills.

It looks to me like this grant is right in line with the Convergence concepts of an aligned workforce development-economic development system.

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