• Ivy Tech Partners with Opportunity Enterprises Offers Certificate Program

    Valparaiso, IN – Ivy Tech Community College recently announced new program launch with Opportunity Enterprises as the groups unveil new training in light industrial work through OE’s Vocational Training and Empowerment Center (VTEC). The program will create the opportunity for all qualifying individuals to experience a true post-secondary experience. Upon completion, students will receive an Ivy Tech certificate in Basic Production Principles.
    Ivy Tech will host Indiana State Lieutenant Governor, Suzanne Crouch as the program is formally unveiled September 28, 2023 at 4pm CT on the Ivy Tech Valparaiso Campus, located at 3100 Ivy Tech Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383. Event will feature brief keynote remarks, and light refreshments.
    The joint partnership results as a culmination of efforts and comes at a time when employers continue struggling to find qualified workers in the industry. To prepare individuals to enter the workforce VTEC incorporates specialized teaching styles which accommodates those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the fields of electronics recycling and refurbishment, custodial services and light industrial work.
    “For us at Ivy Tech, this is an incredible new opportunity. We are thrilled by this new program as it showcases in real time our commitment to fulfilling needs for the communities in which we serve. Ivy Tech is here to help both those seeking work and our local employers throughout Northwest Indiana,” said Campus Chancellor, Aco Sikoski.
    The VTEC program will run for twelve weeks beginning in October and teach students advanced job skills in an environment that is inclusive and supportive. Training uses course materials and hands-on skills labs for students to develop the technical, professional and social skills needed for success. To learn more about the program or register, visit vteclearning.org
    “As more light industrial jobs continue to be created in our region, this partnership brings extreme value to Northwest Indiana. The VTEC/Ivy Tech partnership will support and encourage those of all abilities to advance their education and secure jobs in fields which are in high-demand,” said Opportunity Enterprises CEO, Neil Samahon.
    For those interested in learning more about current Ivy Tech Community College workforce program offerings please contact Patti Shields, at pshields13@ivytech.edu.
    About Ivy Tech Community College
    Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information. 
    About Opportunity Enterprises, Inc.
    Since 1967, Opportunity Enterprises has worked to create inclusive and equitable opportunities for people of all abilities. OE is in the business of amazing people, with nearly 370 staff serving 1,000 people throughout Northwest Indiana each year. For more information, visit oppent.org.

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