Gary Area Career Center Offers New Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Curriculum

Students to earn credentials, dual credits through Hire Technology curriculum 

(Gary, Ind., June 4, 2014) ─ The Gary Area Career Center is offering a new class that will help high school students get a head-start on careers in Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics (AML), the state’s largest industry sector. The Hire Technology curriculum program is enrolling students now and will provide a first-of-its kind opportunity for students to earn industry-recognized certificates while preparing for post-secondary programs and careers in AML. 

Hire Technology was developed by Conexus Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College and has been rolled out in coordination with the Indiana Department of Education. It is available to more than 1,000 students around the state from more than 80 schools. Gary Area Career Center will begin offering the program in 2014-2015 and will partner with Republic Steel to provide students hands-on learning experiences throughout the school year.

“We've looked at what skill sets are required for today and we have been in communication with employers that have advised us as to what our graduates need to master or be able to do if they're going to be employable,” said Gary Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Pruitt.
Developing those skills in high school is vital. That's why we are excited about the new courses and the possibilities that lay ahead for Gary Community School Corporation students.”

The goal of Hire Technology is to help fill the more than 11,000 AML jobs available in Indiana each year and to develop a pipeline of qualified workers for the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. The careers require advanced training, such as an industry credential or a 2-year degree.

In response to these requirements, Hire Technology is designed to give high school students the opportunity to earn dual credits through Ivy Tech Community College, and to earn industry certifications needed to succeed in an AML career.

Manufacturing jobs demand critical thinking, problem-solving, technical expertise – that’s why the majority of the U.S. manufacturing workforce now has a college education,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “Hire Technology brings this reality to our high schools, giving students a solid foundation they can take to Ivy Tech or another higher education program and into the job market.”

Hire Technology was developed in partnership with industry in response to the growing demand for skilled workers in advanced manufacturing and logistics. The demand-driven curriculum is delivered through Indiana high schools and career centers and partners schools with industry representatives in each community. Conexus Indiana has more than 135 industry partners, known as A+ Partners, who are paired with schools in their communities and show students how they can apply their education to real-world situations while creating contacts with industry members close to home.

“Hire Technology has exceeded our expectations and impacts thousands of students around the state,” said Claudia Cummings, Conexus Indiana vice president of Education, Workforce and Community Programs. “We know that this program will provide students with the valuable skills needed to succeed in the AML industry, and we are thrilled that the number of schools offering this curriculum continues to grow each year.”

Hire Technology is possible through funding by organizations such as Lilly Endowment Inc., Chase and Ivy Tech Community College, as well as through significant contributions from industry partners.

About Conexus Indiana:

Conexus Indiana is the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, dedicated to making Indiana a global leader. Conexus is focused on strategic priorities like workforce development, creating new industry partnerships and promoting Indiana’s advantages in manufacturing and logistics.  Learn more at www.ConexusIndiana.com.

About Gary Community School Corporation:

The Gary Community School Corporation serves nearly 8,000 students every school day. The school district is comprised of 11 elementary schools that includes a National Blue Ribbon School, a pre-school, an award-winning visual and performing arts academy, two gender academies, and themed secondary academies. Learn more about the Gary Community Schools at www.garycsc.k12.in.us.

About Ivy Tech Community College:

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.