To meet the needs of workers in an ever-changing world, Ivy Tech Community College—Wabash Valley will introduce six new areas of study when classes begin August 19. These include:
- Energy Technology
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Engineering Technology
- Fine Arts
- Supply Chain Management/Logistics
- Health Care Support - Massage
“Each of these fields is growing with strong demand for a well-trained workforce,” said Wabash Valley Chancellor Ann Valentine, PhD. “By frequently taking the pulse of our local businesses, industry, and students and developing programs to meet new demands, Ivy Tech is a vital resource for student success in a rapidly changing environment.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 31% of the Wabash Valley’s electric utility workforce is close to retirement, compared to 17.5% across all workforce sectors. Over the next several years, trained and experienced workers will be needed to fill these positions. In partnership with Indiana Energy Consortium (IEC), an associate of applied science degree in Energy Technology has been developed to prepare students for work as a line operator, natural gas service specialist, power plant operator, substation mechanic, boilermaker, meter technician and several other jobs in an evolving career field. A technical certificate is also available.
Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology courses prepare students to work alongside engineers as process designers, process technicians, product designers and research associates and prepare students to transfer to Indiana State University’s engineering program.
With a projected growth of nearly 1600 material moving jobs in Indiana for 2020 and over 200 first-line supervisor positions*, a Supply Chain Management/Logistics program is now being offered at the Greencastle campus. Students learn to accurately and effectively move goods through an associate of science degree that prepares them to work as a cargo and freight agent, first line supervisor, or shipping and receiving clerk as well as transfer to a four-year degree program. A short-term certificate is also available online or through a hybrid format.
Health Care Support - Massage students learn the theory and hands-on technique of therapeutic massage used in a wide variety of clinical settings for general and specialized populations. Students can earn an associate of applied science degree through the Health Care Support program.
Students can now study drawing, design, color and modern art in our now offered Fine Arts classes. Classes can be applied to an Associate of General Studies degree.
Classes begin August 19. To register, go to http://www.ivytech.edu/admissions/ or call 888-IVY-LINE.
*Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development, www.in.gov/dwd/ra.