Education and Workforce Development

Thrust Led by Geanie Umberger, Purdue Polytechnic Institute


Susan Smith
Vice-President for Technology Division
Ivy Tech Community College

David Tucker
Vice-President for Workforce Development/ Community Services
Vincennes University

Niaz Latif
Dean, College of Technology and Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Purdue University Calumet

Partner Responsibilities

  • Administrative lead for institution
  • Assess and award programmatic funding
  • Set strategic plan
  • Participation in meetings and strategy sessions

Strategic Planning Activities

Translating Applied Research
  • Industry-based training
  • Certificate-based training
  • Educational programs
Convene and promote educational partnerships
  • Disseminate curriulum
  • All levels of workforce training and education
Drive Educational Research
  • Efficiency
  • Efficacy
Develop educational pathways
  • Driven by IN-MaC research
  • Industry input on workforce gaps
Indiana workforce training and educational programming
  • Identify
  • Inventory
  • Interactive tool

Projects Awarded

Additive Manufacturing Capacity Development
(Ivy Tech Community College)

  • Funds to supplement Ivy Tech funding to acquire three Stratasys Polyjet 3D printers and provide for professional development, 3D Printing curriculum development, and some travel to centrally-located meetings for 60 faculty from Ivy Tech. An articulation agreement will be developed to ensure transferability of credits to Purdue’s Computer Graphics Technology Program.

Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Development
(Vincennes University)

  • 5 Axis CNC Programming: Certificate based training, Incumbent workforce
  • Advanced Manufacturing Machinery Technician Now Program: Curriculum development, Industrial maintenance, Returning veterans
  • Jasper Automated Manufacturing Technology Degree Program: Industry based AS degree, Automated manufacturing technology, Supported by industry, Work- based educatioon

Meeting Workforce Needs for Mechatronics Technicians
(Purdue University, Calumet)

  • DOL Grant: All levels of learners: K-12 Pathways, AS & BS Degree, Credentialing / certification for Incumbent & Underemployed, On-site employee training
  • IN-MaC Add-in: Flipped / distance curriculum, Lecture capture, Mobile laboratories

Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (College of Education, Purdue University)

Product Lifecycle Management Certificate (College of Technology, Purdue University)

  • Develop curriculum for CTE teacher professional development: Manufacturing career awareness, Preparation, Career pathways, Program participation
  • Teacher training
  • Program improvement plan advanced manufacturing education: High school & Middle school

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