Alcoa Teacher Bootcamp Touring Ivy Tech

first_imgSECOND ANNUAL ALCOA FOUNDATION TEACHERS’ MANUFACTURING BOOTCAMP TO BEGIN IN JUNEProgram designed to create new, job-ready workforceTeachers and guidance counselors from a four-county area have been selected for a unique program that will provide hands-on instruction to teachers about careers in manufacturing, the backbone of Indiana’s economy.The Alcoa Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to develop the “Teachers’ Manufacturing Bootcamp,” a program administered by the Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Investment Board. The program provides a weekly stipend to teachers during the two-week program and free, graduate-level credit from Oakland City University.The Teachers’ Manufacturing Bootcamp will be targeted to educators in Warrick, Posey, Vanderburgh and Gibson counties. It will involve hands-on instruction at manufacturing locations with assistance from Ivy Tech Community College, Oakland City University and the University of Southern Indiana.According to data from the Indiana Manufacturing Association and the National Association of Manufacturers, the annual average wage for manufacturing careers in the state of Indiana is $70,333. Also, research shows that more than 25 percent of all earnings in our state come from manufacturing – making Indiana number one in the nation.Also, manufacturing is the biggest segment of the state’s economy, outranking every other economic sector. It has accounted for more than half of the state’s growth in the last five years. Despite these impressive numbers, manufacturers report difficulty in recruiting and preparing the next generation of employees for these rewarding careers.The goal of the Teachers’ Manufacturing Bootcamp is to demonstrate to educators the rewarding careers available in manufacturing and also break stereotypes about the jobs that are available today.“Many manufacturers in our region are aware of their future workforce needs and the inaccurate perception of their industry,” says Jim Heck, executive director of the Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Investment Board, Inc. “This program will arm teachers with the knowledge to influence the future pipeline of employees.”Thirty educators will be selected in the first year of the two-year program, which officially begins on Monday, June 13, and will include time at four participating manufacturers – Alcoa, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Berry Plastics and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.“Alcoa is proud of the results and the collaboration that has already taken place from this grant,” said Jeff Boris, Location Manager for Alcoa Global Packaging at Alcoa Warrick Operations. “The teachers selected for this program will learn about the careers available in manufacturing and they will be able to take back some skills that they can apply in their classrooms.”The curriculum for the program will be developed in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and will include material on manufacturing safety, quality, lean manufacturing, process management, and reliability excellence. During visits to manufacturing locations, the educators will learn about job responsibilities, wages, work conditions, and career potential.In addition, participating teachers will complete homework assignments, incorporate what they learn into classroom lessons, receive a weekly stipend of $550 and graduate-level credit from Oakland City University.Here is a list of the teachers who have been selected for the 2016 Alcoa Foundation Teachers’ Manufacturing Bootcamp:Dakota Adcox – Central High SchoolErin Baumgardner – Harrison High SchoolBeau Brandt – North High SchoolKyle Brasher – Gibson Southern High SchoolChad Cain – Harrison High SchoolMary Lou Fish – Lodge Community SchoolSarah Elaman – Castle High SchoolMax Engelhardt – Central High SchoolChad Fetscher – Harrison High SchoolVirginia Fields – North High SchoolEmil Fleck – Bosse High SchoolBridget Fussner – Castle North Middle SchoolMatt Hart  – Gibson Southern High SchoolChad Hartmann – Helfrich Park STEM AcademyChris Hillenbrand – Boonville Middle SchoolSara Killebrew – Castle North Middle SchoolCraig Maikranz – Gibson Southern High SchoolBrittany Morrison – North High SchoolJanelle Nisly – Bosse High SchoolAmy Norris – Gibson Southern High SchoolRyan Osborn – Harrison High SchoolDavid Purvis – Mt Vernon Junior High SchoolBecki Recker – Castle High SchoolClara Roberts – Bosse High SchoolKerry Sensenbrenner – Castle North Middle SchoolDarlene Short – Castle North Middle SchoolCorey Simon – North High SchoolJohnathan Spencer – North High SchoolMelanie Wagner – Princeton Comm Middle SchoolBeth Willner – Harrison High SchoolFor more information or to apply for the Teachers’ Manufacturing Bootcamp visit or contact Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce, 812.492.4505. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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