Ivy Tech partners with online platform for careers in manufacturing

EVANSVILLE. Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana announced a new partnership with a digital platform to create a pipeline for college students interested in the manufacturing workforce this week.

Ivy Tech’s partnership with Tallo, an online application connecting users to education and job opportunities, aims to keep students in-state by providing pilot programs connecting them with advanced manufacturing companies in Indiana.

Through the digital platform, students around the state — including Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Columbus — can create online profiles to interact with potential employers, allowing them to secure internships and ask about job requirements and openings. 

Several manufacturing companies can also access Tallo to display their career opportunities and engage with in-state professionals. 

Sue Smith — vice president of Ivy Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Science — said Ivy Tech and Tallo will use their resources to increase the number of high school and college graduates staying in-state.

“Ivy Tech prides itself on the fact that 93 percent of its graduates choose to stay in our great state,” Smith said. “Through this partnership, we hope to bring that percentage closer to 100 by opening Indiana students’ eyes to the state’s most sought-after manufacturing careers and helping them make the critical connections they need to find long-term success.”

With increases in college graduates’ in-state retention, Casey Welch, CEO and co-founder of Tallo, said more talented professionals will fill in-demand positions at manufacturing companies, which could affect the state’s economic output.

Advanced manufacturing makes up more than a quarter of Indiana’s economic output, and 2.4 million of the country’s manufacturing jobs are expected to go unfilled through 2028.

“We need to create more supply in those areas because the demand there is high now, and there’s going to be high demand in the future,” Welch said.

The reason students aren’t going into these fields, Welch said, is because of a lack of awareness.

“Awareness is a big problem across the country and in Indiana,” Welch said. “Often they’re (students) not aware of the opportunity until they graduate or they’re at a career fair. We want to guide them earlier, so they then know what the pathway might be.”

Smith points to the pilot programs’ many benefits including ways manufacturing companies are attracting professionals. In many cases, she says, companies could offer signing bonuses, high annual wages and students tuition payment if they agree to work with them.

“If we get students’ understanding that we have great jobs in Indiana and this is the pathway to be able to get them,” Welch said, “they’re more likely to stay in Indiana and continue to build Indiana companies.”

Smith said Ivy Tech and Tallo are currently educating high schools and colleges on the online application. The two companies plan to begin the Tallo pilot programs by December. 

For more information about the program and partnership, visit ivytech.edu or call 1-888-489-5463.

 – Courier & Press

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