Education and Workforce Development

IN-MaC provides programs and services to enhance the talents and capabilities of Indiana’s present and future workforce by facilitating connections between educators and industry to catalyze the formation of near-term and long-term skills in a highly accessible manner. IN-MaC supports a variety of STEM-type, skilled trades, degree (associates and undergraduate) and certificate programs.

IN-MaC leverages its resources, networks and partnerships with Industry, Local Communities, Educators and Interested Stakeholders to provide a variety of formal courses and informal activities that embolden pathways to meet the talent needs of the present and future manufacturing workforce. We’d love to hear from you if you would like to learn more.

Education and Workforce Development Director, Sascha Harrell,

IN-MaC Summits

Summit meetings bring together education and workforce development stakeholders in order to learn from each other, celebrate successes, and promote new ideas.

Each summit listed below is a link to the slides presented.

K-12 Achievement Initiative

Provides a variety of formal and informal opportunities for K-12 educators, schools and students to discover new ways to explore design-thinking, problem-solving, technology and creative skill sets. Contact us to learn more about how you or your school can participate.

  • Innovate WithIN: a regional business pitch competition for Indiana high school students, sponsored by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and Ball State University. Young innovators are invited to submit their ideas for a chance to win scholarships and prizes

Projects Awarded

Additive Manufacturing Capacity Development (Ivy Tech Community College)

  • Investment to supplement Ivy Tech funding for three Stratasys Polyjet 3D printers, 3D Printing curriculum development, and faculty training to support the launch of additive manufacturing labs within the Ivy Tech system. The 2 year Associates Degree is fully transferrable towards a 4 year Undergraduate Degree, which increases flexibility and access to more Hoosiers to develop advanced manufacturing skills.
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Development. 

Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Development (Vincennes University)

  • 5 Axis CNC Programming: Certificate based training, Incumbent workforce focus.
  • IN-MaC grant supported “Advanced Manufacturing Machinery Technician Now Program” for curriculum development, industrial maintenance and returning veterans.
  • Jasper Automated Manufacturing Technology Degree Program: Industry based AS degree. A work-based program in automated manufacturing technology.

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.

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

  • Develop curriculum for CTE teacher professional development: Manufacturing career awareness, Preparation, Career pathways, Program participation.
  • Program improvement plan for high school and middle school CTE educators in advanced manufacturing education.
  • Also see “K-12 Achievement Initiative”

RUCKUS makerspace

  • Part of the national “maker” movement toward entrepreneurship, technology and start-up manufacturing.
  • Local can be global and RUCKUS increases access to high-tech equipment such as 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters and other prototyping and fabrication equipment.
  • RUCKUS expands the range of locally-developed and built products by increasing the access of designers, fabricators and entrepreneurs.

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Jan-Anders Mansson

Co-Executive Director, IN-MaC
Distinguished Professor of Materials
& Chemical Engineering
Materials Design Laboratory (MDLab)
Executive Director Ray Ewry Sports Engineering Center 765-494-8244

Nathan W. Hartman

Co-Executive Director, IN-MaC
Dauch Family Professor
of Advanced Manufacturing
Department Head,
Computer Graphics Technology
Director, Digital Enterprise Center 765-494-4585

Sascha Harrell

Education & Workforce
Development Director, IN-MaC 765-494-2278

Lisa Deck

Program Manager of
Workforce & Education, IN-MaC 812-593-4288

Travis Fuerst

Digital Enterprise Process & Systems Architect, IN-MaC
Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Computer Graphics Technology 765-496-1831

Michael Fassnacht

Senior Manufacturing Specialist 765-494-4437

Ben Haley

Lead Network Engineer 765-494-2230

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