Muncie, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College East Central Region recently received a grant from Indiana Michigan Power for $25,000 to continue its Regional Advanced Manufacturing Program (RAMP). The grant will be used to cover student fees, allowing more participants into the program. The RAMP training enables workers to build the core knowledge and skills required for an entry level position in a modern industrial environment. The first RAMP trainings occurred in Randolph County in November 2012, Delaware County in June 2013 and Blackford County in December 2013.
Participating counties involved with the RAMP training form partnership boards with stakeholders including: local employers, WorkOne, government, education, social services and more. The result is a curriculum tailored to local needs and approved by local employers in each participating county.
“Whether we are meeting with our existing customers, or working to bring new opportunities to the Indiana Michigan Power service territory, the message we hear consistently is the need for a deeper pool of skilled labor,” said Rob Cleveland, economic and business development manager for Indiana Michigan Power (I&M). “Although the program is in its infancy, RAMP has shown promising results for a number of I&M industrial customers by improving the skills of those who have completed the course. We are grateful for Ivy Tech's willingness to offer the program and appreciate their efforts to improve the skills of our area workforce.”
Technical classroom instruction is provided by Ivy Tech Corporate College. WorkOne conducts the soft skills training, career pathways information, and job fair opportunities. Student participation and attendance is tracked, monitored, and validated to closely simulate a normal work/employment experience.
“We are humbled by Indiana Michigan Power and their dedication to our local communities, people and workforce,” said Andy Bowne, chancellor for the east central region. “They are an outstanding example of businesses working together for the greater good. Ivy Tech would like to extend a huge thank you to them for their generous donation and commitment to our mission.”
Each RAMP training addresses quality, safety, production processes and maintenance awareness, as well as “soft skills” (communication, teamwork and problem solving). A program may be specialized and include topics such as industrial math, computer basics, blueprint reading, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) concepts, and green production, depending on the areas of emphasis identified by the employers in each county. Opportunities to observe real world applications are afforded by plant tours. Each training also includes a discussion of career pathways in advanced manufacturing and job fairs.
Completion of the RAMP training prepares participants to have greater competitive advantage, increased flexibility, enhanced safety knowledge, improved quality for production positions, and higher employee confidence and self-worth.
“The generous support of Indiana Michigan Power for the expansion of RAMP training will result in increased program accessibility and future employment opportunities for participants,” said Mike Row, president and ceo for Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc. (WorkOne). “I am truly grateful for this most recent investment that Indiana Michigan Power has made in the East Central Indiana workforce. Indeed, Indiana Michigan Power continues to be an exemplary workforce development partner.”
Interested potential students should contact their county’s Work One Center for application, appointment, assessment, eligibility, and referral information.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
About Indiana Michigan Power
Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,500 employees serve more than 582,000 customers. It operates 3,595 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,110 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states. The company also provides its customers 250 MW of purchased wind generation.
I&M is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP),one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 39,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.