Manufacturing grant funds mechatronics purchase
Sept. 28, 2012: Illinois
Valley Community College will receive a significant share of the state’s nearly
$13 million in federal funding to spur advanced manufacturing training, IVCC
President Jerry Corcoran announced today.
other community colleges in forming the Illinois Network of Advanced
Manufacturing (INAM) consortium. The consortium, led by Harper College in
Palatine, learned of the grant award last week.
funding, possibly as much as $500,000 will expand cutting edge educational
programs in high-wage, high-demand fields, said Corcoran who has been speaking
to civic groups across the district this fall about IVCC’s ability to provide
the skills needed in today’s sophisticated manufacturing environment.
grant will allow our students to earn successive levels of
manufacturing-recognized credentials, which makes our graduates even more
industry-ready,” said Corcoran.
Part of the $2
billion federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career
Training initiative, the funding will allow IVCC to purchase precision machining equipment and
mechatronics trainers for the Peter Miller Community Technology Center.
Mechatronics represents a new IVCC program that combines aspects of mechanics,
electronics, and computer systems into an advanced manufacturing format.
are very pleased to be awarded this grant to help prepare workers for the jobs
of the 21st Century,” said Corcoran.
grant complements private funding earned through IVCC’s CTC Capital Campaign,
led through a $1million gift from the Miller Charitable Trust. Efforts continue
to secure individual and industry support to equip the Peter Miller Community
Technology Center with state-of-the-art equipment.
IVCC, one of 16
Illinois community colleges sharing the Department of Labor funding, will
recognize the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) credential earned
in high school and provide additional opportunities for high school graduates
and GED completers to earn NCRC as a key to more specialized education and/or workplace.
then earn the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential through further
IVCC courses featuring manufacturing processes and production, maintenance
awareness, safety, quality and continuous improvement.
students will be prepared to study mechatronics, precision machining (CNC),
industrial maintenance and metalworking (welding or fabrication) at the
certificate or associate degree level and later at the bachelor’s level.
With their CPT
credential, they can be working in the manufacturing environment while earning
further industry-recognized credentials. The CPT has been endorsed by Illinois
Valley area Chief Manufacturing Executives (CME) and Illinois Manufacturing
Association (IMA) as a desirable credential for entry level operators.
grant will allow IVCC to fund part-time CPT faculty and laboratory instructors,
an on-site project coordinator, faculty/coordinator training and travel, site
licenses and registrations, testing, software, trainers and simulators.
President for Learning and Student Development Lori Scroggs credited Jennifer
Scheri of the Business Training Center, Associate Vice President for Academic
Affairs Sue Isermann, Director of Adult Education Sara Escatel, Director of
Continuing Education and Business Services, Jamie Gahm, Dean of Career and
Technical Programs Elaine Novak, manufacturing instructor Tim Bias, welding
instructor Paul Leadingham, electronics instructor Jim Gibson and Pam Furlan
and Carrie Folken of the Business Employment Skills Team (BEST) for preparing
and coordinating the grant application.