Skilled To Work: Recruiting to fill the pipeline

Ivy Tech has a variety of programs that train people to meet demands in the local job market.

Posted: Apr. 10, 2019 8:18 AM
Updated: Apr. 23, 2019 5:22 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Ivy Tech has a variety of programs that train people to meet demands in the local job market.

Bob Parker with Ivy Tech says they're trying to come up with ways to get people interested in them.

"Manufacturing needs skilled labor right now," Parker said. "I just met today with a very prominent employer that is looking to how can they fill that pipeline. We're looking at possibilities of reaching out to high school students, junior achievement partners, anywhere that we can find an interest at a younger age to fill some of these high tech jobs because a lot of the students that are in our program right now, the industrial or automation programs, they're actually already taken for by many of the manufacturing companies we serve."

Parker says the jobs that are available are generally well-paying, clean work environments.

He says one thing they really need to do is get the word out.

"We definitely have to educate them, you know, let them know that there are great careers out there that are high paying jobs," Parker said. "Possibly visiting high schools, you know, visiting middle schools, and even starting as early as lower grades now."

Ivy Tech is already working on that aspect by welcoming young kids to campus to see what's going on.

"We serviced an elementary school with a couple hundred students that walked through here and they were able to see some of the things that are going on and all the different programs whether it was a robot or whether it was semi truck whether it was a design or building a house," Parker said. "You know, these younger child age kindergarten aged students are seeing what we are doing here in this building and trying to excite them about some of the careers that are out there."

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