May 27, 2014

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College is providing free, scholarship-funded job training to a limited number of participants through the Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP). The training will result in a nationally recognized certification: Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, Certified Production Technician – MSSC, CPT. The program begins next week, and scholarship funding is available to cover the cost for more than 60 individuals.

The program consists of WorkKeys assessment, eight weeks of training, essential job search skill workshops, and career fairs. AMP participants will learn skills in four advanced manufacturing areas: Safety, Quality, Processes, and Production. The AMP program offers various time frames to accommodate participants’ schedules.

Ivy Tech partnered with several organizations to make this scholarship-funded training possible. The Advanced Manufacturing Program is made up of several community leadership groups, and is tasked with providing job skills training to local residents in advanced manufacturing. Several employers have also partnered with the program. Scholarships for training have been made possible by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Duke Energy, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and Lawrence County Economic Growth Council.

In order to quality for scholarship-funded training in the Advanced Manufacturing Program, candidates must test at a silver level in the WorkKeys assessment, possess a high school diploma (or equivalent), and be able to pass a drug screening. They are expected to attend class sessions five days a week, for eight weeks. The program cost is valued at $2,600 but the cost will be covered by scholarships for more than 60 individuals who meet the qualification criteria.

For more information about the program, visit For questions, contact Katrina Jones, Program Manager, at (812) 330-6042 or

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.