A leader in job-training partnerships with industry, Indiana’s Ivy Tech will host the third regional community college summit today at its Fall Creek campus.
That’s where 39-year-old Rob Dittemore, laid-off as a pipefitter, is taking math, computer, manufacturing and welding courses, reports the Indianapolis Star.
Some of Dittemore’s classes were created as part of Ivy Tech’s agreement with Navistar, about 1,200 other businesses and a dozen state agencies wanting to help their current and displaced workers become more skilled.
. . . The school awards more than 25,000 workplace certifications each year for jobs in industries such as health care, advanced manufacturing, logistics and life sciences.
The all-day meeting will focus on college-industry partnerships to retrain laid-off workers. Martha Kanter, Education undersecretary, will open the event. Other speakers include Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder and Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant for education to the president.