Manufacturing Matters schedules July 9 sessions


RICHMOND, INDIANA —Manufacturing Matters (MM), the technology skills training program for high demand area manufacturing jobs, plans two information sessions for prospective trainees July 9 on the Ivy Tech Richmond and Connersville campuses.

The July 9, Ivy Tech Richmond campus information session is 10 a.m. in McDaniel Hall, 2357 Chester Blvd. (I-70 and U.S. 27). The 3 p.m. Connersville information session will be at the Ivy Tech Connersville Instructional Center, 717 W. 21st St.

Manufacturing Matters offers 10 week training programs supported by 12 area manufacturing companies including: Johns Manville, Color-Box, Trane/Ingersoll Rand, GE Roots, Emerson Climate Technologies, Primex Plastics, Vandor, Richmond Baking Company, Stant USA Corporation, Sugar Creek Packing Company, and Timken Steel. Those completing the course requirements earn the nationally recognized Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. This certification is an example of the technical skills manufacturing operations in eastern Indiana and western Ohio are seeking in potential employees.

Applicants selected for the program receive fully paid scholarships to train to be a Certified Production Technician (CPT). The program includes learning about manufacturing processes, equipment, safety, leadership, quality, and today’s latest technologies. Class members will have a chance to brush up on interviewing skills and get help writing a better resume. Karen Koppinger, a graduate, says, “MM means bigger, better employment – a chance for a career rather than just a job”. For more information go to or call 765-444-3188.

The scholarships are supported by the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Duke Energy, the Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation, Economic Development Group of Fayette County, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Rush County Chamber of Commerce, Connersville Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s Office City of Richmond, Mayor’s Office City of Connersville, Mayor’s Office City of Rushville, WorkOne, Ivy Tech Corporate College, and the Wayne County Foundation.

The program is one of 17 nationwide selected 2014 to receive a $150,000 three-year grant to help area residents learn skills needed for regional manufacturing jobs. The grant, through the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)/Walmart Foundation, is being used to enhance the quality of the program and to expand the initiative regionally.

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