IN-MaC will coordinate a statewide effort to integrate K-12 through higher education efforts to prepare and increase the number of highly skilled and educated workers to support next generation manufacturing. Workforce development will begin by engaging K-12 institutions and Ivy Tech to enable pathways toward post-secondary education in knowledge areas critical to Indiana. It will extend through college and community college training and education programs, graduate programs, and lifelong training to maintain workforce competitiveness. The Center will reach across the State via the College of Technology's statewide locations; Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP); the virtual Indiana Polytechnic Institute, which is being developed in collaboration with the Indiana Education Roundtable and which reaches into K-12 school districts; and education partners including Ivy Tech, Vincennes University, and Purdue-Calumet.
IN-MaC Center will support current manufacturing industries and foster growth of new industry clusters. This will be accomplished by:
- Connecting across the state through an innovation extension network that combines physical technology centers with cyber-HUB virtual access.
- Advancing industry via technology transfer based on R&D conducted at Purdue.
- Forming innovation incubators for manufacturing innovation and commercialization as a support facility for SMEs.
- Spurring economic development by providing existing and potential manufacturers with industry-specific research opportunities to spur investments.
IN-MaC Center will enable knowledge creation, competitiveness, and dissemination to ensure that Indiana is a leader in manufacturing long into the future. This will be accomplished by:
- Forming research partnerships with industry for increased extramural funding.
- Identifying and fostering new industry clusters in the state.
- Increasing R&D in Indiana to position the state for high-tech industries.
- Supporting entrepreneurial start-ups in manufacturing through partnerships with Purdue research strengths.
This strategic vision for Indiana will come to life through the creation of both programs and a state-of-the-art facility that will be a focal point for collaboration and industry engagement. The IN-MaC Center, including the facility, will bring together academic efforts at Purdue University in the College of Engineering, the College of Technology, and the Krannert School of Management, and will help support Engineering's five-year growth in the manufacturing and systems areas. The Center will be a focal point for collaborations among academic institutions around the State, including Ivy Tech, Vincennes, and Purdue-Calumet.