Advanced manufacturing training scholarships available


KOKOMO, Ind.— Scholarships are available to those who qualify for training at Ivy Tech that will give them an advantage when competing for jobs in manufacturing. Ivy Tech Corporate College will be offering the Certified Production Technician training in Kokomo and Logansport by mid-March.

A Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential can open the door for employment and can be earned in only eight weeks. This credential provides training in four critical areas including: safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

 “We need to increase the pool of qualified applicants for these employers,” said Jan Bailey, executive director of Corporate College.  “And we will by providing this training.”

“This knowledge, this credential, can give an applicant a big advantage over another. We have employers who look to those who complete our CPT training ahead of other applicants.”

Filling manufacturing positions is a challenge for many manufacturing employers. Three common themes resonate with plant managers and human resource directors—lacking advanced skills, poor communication skills and inability to pass a drug screening.

“When we meet with employers, we hear these same challenges over and over,” said Jennifer Hughes, program manager for Ivy Tech’s Corporate College. “There are manufacturing jobs out there and the number of them will increase as workers flock to bigger manufacturers to work.”

Only those who reside in Cass, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties can receive scholarship funds. Interested persons must first undergo a drug screening as part of the process to apply for scholarship funds. “The application process itself takes some time so I encourage those who are interested to contact me right away so the steps can be completed before training begins in mid-March,” said Hughes.

Those who are not eligible for the scholarship can still enroll in the training. Cost is $2,600 and includes materials and certification exam fees. For more information, contact Jennifer Hughes at 765-459-0561, ext. 283, or


About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit
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