Accelerated program offers students the chance to earn nationally recognized certifications valued by employers
LOGANSPORT, Ind.—The doors to high-wage jobs in a high-demand industry are being opened this fall as Ivy Tech Community College welcomes the first group of students in the new Ivy Institute of Technology in Welding. Enrollment is under way for the first session of the accelerated program, which begins Oct. 14 at Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus and offers students a chance to qualify for a new career in just 40 weeks.
The Welding Institute is designed to teach students the specific skill sets required by the industry, allowing them to obtain certifications that will qualify them for high-wage skilled trade jobs. Through an accelerated program of five 8-week terms of full-time laboratory/classroom instruction, students can earn their technical certificate in welding as well as seven recognized welding certifications administered through the American Welding Society and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. Armed with these credentials, students may choose to enter the workplace or to continue their education to gain an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree at Ivy Tech in as little as two semesters.
The program is technology-focused, with instruction and laboratory preparation in safety and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requirements, welding process and equipment, welding metallurgy, welding codes and certification, blueprint reading and proper care and maintenance of welding equipment. The institute uses a high-tech laboratory facility at Ivy Tech Logansport filled with the latest equipment for hands-on learning, along with adjacent classrooms and computer lab.
“We are excited about a program that gives students the opportunity to be job-ready at its conclusion,” said Ivy Tech instructor Nellie Neal who is leading the institute. “We know from area employers that the current workforce is aging with few younger people trained to take their place as they reach retirement age. This is resulting in a dramatic shortage of skilled workers to fill the demand of local industry in welding – and employers are willing to pay well to get the skilled employees they need. Graduates of our program will have a real advantage over other job candidates.” The most recent survey of occupational employment and wages published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates annual wages in the welding industry in 2012 ranged from about $34,000 in motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing to almost $63,000 in electric power generation, transmission and distribution.
The Ivy Institute concept, developed with industry input, offers a focused technology approach, embedding fundamental coursework in math, reading and writing in class projects instead of traditional classroom settings. A limited number of new students are accepted to enter the program at the beginning of each term and form a group that moves together throughout the program, an approach that fosters collaboration and provides mutual support. After the initial class that opens Oct. 14, the second group of students will begin instruction in January with new groups being admitted in March, June and August.
More information on the Welding Institute can be found at www.ivytech.edu/ivy-institute/ . For more information on enrolling in the Welding Institute at Ivy Tech Community College Logansport, contact Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-753-5101, ext. 2179.