NCIEDP to host second educators/employers forum

Gov. Mike Pence will be keynote speaker on career and technical education 

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker May 4 at a conference sponsored by the North Central Indiana Economic Development Partnership (NCIEDP), Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region and Indiana University Kokomo.

“The Educators/Employers Connection: Indiana’s Focus on Career and Technical Education” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in Kresge Hall in the Kelley Student Center at IUK.

Area employers, educators, elected officials and community leaders from the six counties that make up the NCIEDP are invited to attend the event that will focus on Indiana’s efforts to prepare young students for jobs for the future through innovative Career and Technical Education programs.

Gov. Pence will speak on “Indiana’s Vision for Career and Technical Education.” Other presenters at the conference will include Brian Burton, president and CEO of the Indiana Manufacturers Association; Janet Boston, executive director of Indiana INTERNnet, a program of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce; and Roger Feldhaus, executive director of the Region 4 Workforce Board, Tecumseh Area Partnership.

This event follows on the successful “The Educators/Employers Forum: The Value of Industrial Certifications” held at IUK last October, which featured Neil Reddy, executive director of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) based in Alexandria, Va.

Christy Householder, chair of the NCIEDP, explained the “Educators/Employers Connection” currently underway in the region.

“In the NCIEDP region and surrounding area, several high schools and career centers are partners in the Youth CareerConnect Grant Program through Ivy Tech Community College. Through the program, they are preparing their students with specific knowledge and skills for jobs/careers in advanced manufacturing,” Householder said. “During the spring semester of 2016, 16 students are participating in a work-based learning opportunity in several of our area industries. These experiences have been beneficial for both the employers and the students.”

She said these schools are preparing 93 individuals to obtain nationally recognized certifications required for placement in work-based learning experiences next year. These include credentials through the Manufacturing Standards Skills Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) program, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and the American Welding Society (AWS). “Employer engagement in this program is vital as we continue to build the pipeline of future industrial workers – the measure of success for this program,” she said.

A recent announcement from Gov. Pence regarding his initiative to bolster local work-based learning opportunities for Hoosier young people is very timely for the work that NCIEDP supports through the Youth CareerConnect program in our area, Householder continued. “We are very pleased the governor, Brian Burton, Janet Boston, and Roger Feldhaus will be together to address these issues during our second Educator/Employer Forum.”

NCIEDP is a partnership that brings together economic development leaders from Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties to coordinate and focus on business and industry efforts as a region. Reservations for the May 4 conference may be made online at http://goo.gl/forms/QgipEu97nd. For more information, contact the economic development officer in your county or Jan Bailey at jabailey@ivytech.edu or by calling her at 765-252-5541.

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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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