Registration is open for ‘Girls in Manufacturing Summit’

Ivy Tech, Century Career Center partnering on career exploration program

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Registration is open for a “Girls in Manufacturing Summit” being offered by Century Career Center and Ivy Tech Community College in Logansport Nov. 7 to introduce area middle and high school girls to potentially rewarding careers in industry.

“The ‘Girls in Manufacturing Summit’ will provide middle and high school girls with information about career pathways in manufacturing-related fields,” said Jennifer Hughes, adviser with Ivy Tech’s Integrated Technology Education Program (ITEP). “Participants will hear directly from women leaders and educators what advanced manufacturing careers are all about and what skills are needed to be successful.”

Girls from the six school corporations served by the Century Career Center in Logansport are invited. These include Logansport Community School Corporation, Rochester School Corporation, Southeastern School Corporation, Eastern Pulaski School Corporation, Caston School Corporation, and Pioneer School Corporation.

Participants will gather at the Century Career Center at 2500 Hopper St. at 8:15 a.m. Transportation will be provided to and from Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus during the event, which will include lunch and demonstrations and hands-on experiences with such technologies as welding, precision machining, and design. To register, go to http://goo.gl/forms/DegY7Wvprt. For more information, contact Hughes at jhughes32@ivytech.edu or by phone at 765-252-5496.

The panel of women leaders and educators will include Jenni Adams, a forklift driver at the Chrysler Casting Plant in Kokomo; Elizabeth Fink, service center manager at Applied Industrial Technologies in Kokomo; Christine Linzey, a certified welder and quality assurance and logistics manager at High Performance Alloys in Tipton and a welding instructor at Ivy Tech Kokomo; Jennifer Musall, engineering group manager at Carter Fuel Systems in Logansport; and Nellie Neal, chair of the welding program at Ivy Tech Logansport.

“The girls will have a chance to hear about the opportunities these women have had in jobs traditionally held by men,” Hughes said. “Modern manufacturing is high-tech, clean, computer-based – not the dirty, dingy factories of old – and many high-paying positions are opening up as older workers retire and manufacturing returns to the United States.”

Hughes said the program will outline the technology education offered at Century Career Center and through Ivy Tech’s ITEP program.

There is no charge to participate in the summit, which is being supported by a career and technical education grant to the Century Career Center from the Indiana Department of Education.

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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 www.ivytech.edu.
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