Get skilled up.
In Allen County:
Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana
The association is made up of general and specialty contractors, architects, engineers, material suppliers and professional service providers. The group is active in professional and safety education; government affairs and legislative monitoring; and economic and workforce development. High school juniors and seniors can enroll in the BCA’s annual construction academy.
East Allen Career Center
The Career Center is poised to open in August of 2020 with six career and technical programs. These programs have been selected and designed specifically to prepare students for the jobs available in northeast Indiana. Students can get hands-on experience in a variety of fields including health care, manufacturing, technology, and skilled trades. EACS 11th and 12th graders are eligible to attend the Career Center. All programs will lead to industry certifications and dual college credits, preparing students for immediate workforce entry or continuing education. The Career Center has industry and higher education partners to assist students in the transition from high school to work and/or college.
FWCS Career Academy
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy serves students representing 22 high schools in Allen and Whitley counties. The welding and fabricating technology program at Anthis prepares students for entry-level employment. A student will learn skills for joining metals, as well as processing new materials. Students will learn to do complex fabrication, read blueprints, and use math concepts related to the welding field. Welding students have an opportunity to earn dual credits through Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and industry-recognized certifications.
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
Located in Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast offers dual-credit opportunities at area high schools and specialized manufacturing and technology programs. This earned credit allows students to meet their high school technical honors graduation requirements in order to earn degree-specific college credit and to obtain industry-recognized certifications and credentials. Specialized manufacturing and numerous technology programs at Ivy Tech Northeast focus on the skills and knowledge required for northeast Indiana industries where jobs are in high demand. Technical certificates are available in advanced automation and robotics technology, industrial technology/welding, machining, and more.
Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council
The council is an independent umbrella labor organization representing eight counties and 18 affiliated construction trades. Member trades offer 3-to-5-year apprenticeship programs that allow people to earn while they learn.
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 166
Local 166 offers specialized training for many high-demand and technical areas including medical gas, backflow testing and certification, plumbing fixtures, welding, and soldering and brazing. Local 166 has partnered with Ivy Tech for more than a decade to make sure that members are receiving the best training possible. The school offers a program that takes an apprentice all the way to journeyman status through a five-year program. Students who have completed the curriculum are awarded an associate's degree in their trade, as well as a Building Trades Journeyperson's Card.
Across Northeast Indiana:
Area 18 Career & Technical Education Cooperative
The Area 18 cooperative serves students at nine high schools in Adams, Blackford, Huntington, Jay and Wells counties. Every Area 18 school offers its own mix of manufacturing-related programs. All schools deliver introduction to manufacturing programs as elective courses, leading to opportunities for advanced study in precision machining, welding, and engineering and design. Numerous workplace learning opportunities exist for upper-level students. All the programs are geared toward obtaining industry-recognized certifications.
Conexus Indiana is a statewide initiative that has developed a Hire Technology Curriculum designed to increase student engagement and interest in advanced manufacturing and logistics. The program gives high school students the problem-solving, communication and industry-specific training needed to succeed in today’s technology-driven world. Students in the program earn dual credits and complete industry-recognized certifications.
Heartland Career Center
Heartland Career Center serves students from nine high schools in Grant, Huntington, Miami and Wabash counties. Heartland’s advanced manufacturing program engages students in three manufacturing career and technical education processes; machining, welding and electronics. Students will learn the operation of an engine lathe, drill press, milling machine and pedestal grinder, and will also be exposed to programming and basic engineering software for product design. Students may also be exposed to welding procedures and the fundamentals of electronic concepts. Dual-credit and certification attainment are the goals for all students.
The Impact Institute serves students from 13 high schools in Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange, Steuben and Whitley counties. It offers three manufacturing-based programs: computer-aided design, precision machining and welding. Achieving dual credits and industry-recognized certifications are the goals of each program. The programs, taught by people with experience in their respective industries, are designed to allow students to enter the workforce or be better prepared for their next educational step upon graduation from high school.
Marion Regional Career Center
The Marion Regional Career Center serves students from five high schools in Grant County. The center offers two manufacturing-based programs: computer-aided design and welding. All programs provide students with the opportunity to earn dual credits and industry-recognized certifications.