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Industrial Career Academy

Industrial Career Academy (ICA)

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette is partnering with Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC), West Central Indiana Career & Technical Education, and local industry to create the Industrial Career Academy (ICA) at our Crawfordsville Satellite Location. Earn college credits from Ivy Tech in high school and access opportunities for on-the-job training and paid internships through participation in the ICA.


Providing a unique educational experience utilizing hands-on learning with on-the-job training to prepare students for upward career mobility and to support economic growth for their communities.

DO YOU to work with your hands? to interact with machines?
…like paid industrial career experience?

Get hands-on with learning with the Industrial Career Academy. Students in the ICA will explore industry 4.0 technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), human to robot collaboration, big data, safety, electrical, sensors, digital integration, fluid power, robot operation, measurement, CAD, CNC, additive manufacturing, print reading, and technical mathematics. Emerging technologies that make the manufacturing world ever-changing will be introduced to students. These technologies include mechatronics robots, programmable automation, cloud technologies, networking, big data, and analytics.

During the duration of the career academy, students are connected with industry partners for exclusive opportunities for on-the-job training and paid internships. 

Year 1

  • Student Success in University Transfer
  • Intro to Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Technology in Smart Manufacturing and
  • Digital Integration
  • Industrial Electrical I
  • Motors & Motor Controls

Year 2

  • Industrial Writing Principles
  • Electrical Circuits or Industrial Electrical II
  • Internship

Meet Our Employer Partners

  • CSI in Blue Circle with Closure Systems International Beside


  • Lakeside Book Company Logo with Book established 1864

    Fun facts about Lakeside Book Company:

    • We have an industry leading safety record! 
    • Lakeside's Crawfordsville Apprentice program has been in place since 1921!
    • We are the leading book manufacturer in the world600,000 books are produced every day of production.
    • Crawfordsville is the most diverse Book manufacturing facility in the world!
    • Our product literally touches millions of people every year!
    • Employees are trained, apprenticeship programs advance careers
    • Management emphasizes employee engagement and involvement
    • Crawfordsville is now in its 100+ years of operation
    • Multi Million dollar investments in people, equipment and work environment for the future. WE ARE GROWING!!
    Lakeside desperately needs skills that are no longer the top focus in our schools. With the ICA, students will learn critical, basic skills that are more in demand than ever in our society. With Lakeside, they will learn about the trade of book making, gain insight into career opportunities at Lakeside and experience practical application of Ivy Tech and West Central CTE pathway topics in a real world setting. They will also have the opportunity to work towards paid apprentice internships in our facility to learn alongside our most seasoned craftsmen and women. An earn-while-you-learn model can be highly successful for both students and industry! Lakeside Book Company has employed that exact model for nearly 100 years right here in Crawfordsville, so they know what they are doing.
    Lakeside is very excited to work with Ivy Tech and West Central CTE to offer students an alternative to college or to leaving our communities to forge a career. You can do all of that right here! They view this as an opportunity to not only further their own skill development needs, but also to give back to the community. Whether these students join Lakeside or another industry in the community - that is definitely a win win and they are thrilled to be in the forefront helping forge the way to the future! 
    Instructor Teaching Training Class in Training Room
    Mural Depicting Operations at Lakeside Book Company
    Classroom for Employee Training at Lakeside Book Company
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Find Out More About the Industrial Career Academy

Click the images below to download a PDF flyer. 

Contact Us For More Information

Interested in learning more about the Industrial Career Academy and our partners? Email Sara Nicodemus at to get more information and sign up for the program. 

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